UN criticises government failings to implement peace accords

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 17 November 2017

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, has called on the Colombian government to improve its handling of the peace process in order to ensure that the conditions it stipulates are implemented. Feltman identified three core areas which require greater focus to advance the consolidation of read more



UN Refugee Agency condemns violence against political activists in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 17 November 2017

The United Nations Refugee Agency has condemned ongoing violence against social leaders and political activists in Colombia. So far in 2017, at least 100 people have been murdered for engaging in political forms of collective organisation or activism. 'We saw there was a recurrent problem, we investigated and we confirmed read more



JFC event 'Peace and Political Violence in Colombia' in London 21 November

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 16 November 2017

Justice for Colombia will stage the event 'Peace and Political Violence in Colombia', co-hosted with Alborada, next Tuesday 21 November at Unite the Union in central London. This special public meeting will examine current developments in Colombia's peace process and what advances and challenges are taking place. It will read more



Colombian trade unionist and political organiser murdered in Cauca

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 16 November 2017

On the morning of 8 November, a group of armed men dressed in military fatigues approached the home of rural farmer Alber Matinéz Olarte, who was going about his daily tasks with members of his family at their home in Cajibio, department of Cauca. The men ordered Alber to accompany read more



Demobilised FARC member murdered in Antioquia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Paramilitaries have murdered another demobilised FARC member in the town of Ituango, department of Antioquia, as the targeting of former guerrillas shows little sign of softening. More than 30 have been killed since the peace agreement was signed in November 2016. Dalaider de Jesús Vásquez was with a group of read more



JFC attends Unite Sector Conference in Brighton

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 14 November 2017

During 12-15 November, Justice for Colombia attended the Unite Sector Conference in Brighton. The yearly event brings together different sectors of Unite and is an opportunity for JFC to meet affiliates from Britain’s largest trade union. This year, JFC staged a fringe event with Cuba Solidarity Campaign and Venezuela Solidarity read more



European Union drops FARC from terrorist list

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The European Union has removed the FARC from its list of terrorist groups, where it had been categorised since 2012. The move follows the FARC’s transition to a formal political party, the Alternative Revolutionary Force of the People, under the terms of the 2016 peace agreement. FARC members and representatives read more



Luz Jenny Montaño, 48-year-old social activist, killed in Tumaco

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The latest killing of a social leader in Colombia has occurred in Tumaco, department of Nariño, one of the regions facing an intensification of violence since the peace agreement was signed in November 2016. Luz Jenny Montaño, a 48-year-old political activist of African-Colombian descent, was shot dead on Sunday read more



Two rural organisers deliberately run over by police in Putumayo

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Two rural organisers were left with severe injuries after being run over by police, apparently deliberately, in Putumayo, southern Colombia. On 31 October, Daniel Andrés Rivas and Jolman Tarache were travelling by motorbike between the towns of Santana and Puerto Asís. They were scheduled to participate in a community meeting read more



Indigenous organisations report police abuses during national strike

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 6 November 2017

Indigenous organisations have reported high levels of police brutality against civil protestors during the national strike currently taking place across Colombia. According to the Minga Indígena, a coalition of indigenous organisations, at least 41 people have been injured due to excessive use of force by police, while several others have read more



Death threats against human rights lawyer Daniel Prado

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 6 November 2017

The human rights lawyer Daniel Prado has received death threats, seemingly related to his work representing victims of paramilitary group The Twelve Apostles. Last week, he received a letter which said 'We are going to kill you, son of a bitch'. This follows other instances of attempted intimidation against Prado, read more



Indigenous social activist murdered in Caldas

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 3 November 2017

On 2 November, 30-year-old Elvia Azucena Vargas was murdered in the department of Caldas, central Colombia. Elvia was an indigenous resident of Rortachuelo, in the Cañamomo Lomaprieta community. The National Indigenous Organisation of Colombia (ONIC) said: 'The indigenous authorities of the Reservation demand all the forcefulness of the competent entities read more



Police detain working journalists and douse them with petrol

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 2 November 2017

Police attacked and threatened two journalists who were covering the national strike currently taking place across Colombia. The incident occurred in Catatumbo, northeast Colombia, where police have repressed rural protestors demanding implementation of the peace agreement and improved security for social and political activists. According to reports, the journalists, Arquímedes read more



Paramilitaries threaten transport workers in Bolívar over demobilised FARC guerrilla

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 2 November 2017

A community organisation based in Bolívar, northern Colombia, has denounced paramilitary activity in the area, particularly around intimidation of transport workers and a former FARC member currently reintegrating into civil society. According to the Association of Agricultural Workers and Miners of Guamocó, Aheramigua, paramilitaries warned taxi drivers that anyone transporting read more



Attack on FARC political meeting kills one man in Nariño

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 1 November 2017

One man was killed and another injured in an attack on a meeting of the new FARC-formed political party, the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, in the department of Nariño on 31 October. Following a regional meeting of party affiliates to discuss issues around political organisation, peace and political integration, two read more



Army kills one man and injures another in Arauca

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Joel Sierra Human Rights Foundation, a Colombian NGO, has released a statement saying that soldiers killed one man and injured another in Tame, department of Aracua, on 29 October. According to the organisation, Alejandro Tirado and Lizander Valencia Rodríguez, accompanied by Lizander's eight-year-old son, were stopped by soldiers at read more