Peace process instigates increase in threats against human rights activists

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 October 2014

September was a bad month for human rights workers in Colombia. In less than one month, 191 Colombian leaders were threatened or received death threats. Is this a deliberate, orchestrated strategy to systematically intimidate social activists or are these isolated incidents? In Bogota alone, the ‘Black read more



Investigation into hacking raises suspicion of attempted peace process sabotage

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 October 2014

Humberto de la Calle, the head of the Colombian government’s negotiating team, has been informed by the Police Intelligence Team (Dipol) that his email account was recently hacked. A series of strange messages sent to and from his email account were the first clue that led Dipol read more



40 leaders killed in one year: UN

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 October 2014

Human rights activists, land rights activists and indigenous leaders, journalists, and representatives of political parties, amongst other, have been targeted in several violent attacks. At least 40 leaders of the social movement have been assassinated over the last year in Colombia, three of whom were killed within the last two read more



Attorney General orders arrest of 33 military soldiers for the death of a farmer

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 October 2014

33 military soldiers are being investigated over the murder of John Jeiber Medina, a farmer who was murdered in a rural area of the municipality of Guachené (Cauca). They are accused of the murder of a protected person; causing injury; and covering up, altering and destruction of evidence. The read more



Attack on leader of Regional Victims Committee

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 October 2014

Jonatan Echeverri, leader of the Human Rights committee and the Victim’s Committee for the Valle de Aburrá region escaped uninjured after hitmen fired at the vehicle he was travelling in. The incident took place as the human rights activist was leaving a meeting and was on his way to Medellín. read more



Nelson Medina Social Activist Killed in Meta

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Nelson Medina Ortega, the leader of the ARCA regional association working around Villavicencio was assassinated on Friday 17 October at his home in Bajo Pompeya. Two men on a motorbike arrived, called at the house and shot him in the head four times before fleeing the scene. Mr Medina read more



Extermination of UP Party ‘A Crime Against Humanity’

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Attorney General’s Office sentence reveals a dark alliance between elite society, politicians, drug traffickers and the military, aimed at destroying a rapidly growing political contender. The National Directorate of Context and Analysis of the Attorney General’s Office has declared several cases of violence against members of the Patriotic read more



19 Year Old Environmental Activist Murdered Days After Police Harassment

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 17 October 2014

The body of murdered 19 year old Daniel Humberto Sanchez Avendaño was found on October 7th, five days after he went missing in his home region of Cajamarca, Tolima in central Colombia. Daniel, who was a member of COSAJUCA – a local organisation of young environmental activists, disappeared at around read more



Colombia Peace Talks: Update

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 17 October 2014

On Wednesday, 1st October, the third delegation of victims visited Havana, Cuba, to speak with negotiators on both sides of the historic peace talks between the FARC guerrilla group and the Colombian government, who are now discussing the agenda point on victims. The group was accompanied by organisers from the read more



Teacher Activist Brutally Shot Dead

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 16 October 2014

News was confirmed last night that teacher and afro-Colombian community activist Norman Ortiz was murdered at 12.30 on October 7th by suspected paramilitaries. Mr Ortiz was travelling on public transport with a group of fellow teachers from the municipality of Magui Payan on their way to the capital of Colombia’s read more



GMB Calls for Colombia Free Trade Agreement to be suspended

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 15 October 2014

GMB CALLS ON EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO SUSPEND EU-COLOMBIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT AS THREATS AND KILLINGS BY COLOMBIAN PARAMILITARIES PERSIST Before more of our trade union comrades are killed or maimed, the European Union must uphold obligations in the free trade agreement to respect human rights in Colombia GMB is calling read more



State Convicted of Acquiescing to Paramilitary Activity

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 14 October 2014

In the 1990s large swathes of Colombia were terrorised by paramilitary groups known as the ‘Convivir’. The Council of State has just convicted the Municipality of Medellin of acquiescing to the work of the Convivir by allowing them to rent offices, despite knowing about their often violent illegal activities. Among read more



Bodyguard scandal a threat to peace in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 14 October 2014

In the 1980s, peace talks to end Colombia's long civil war instead triggered bloodshed. As the door opened for greater leftist power, thousands of former guerrillas, communist militants and trade unionists were gunned down by paramilitary death squads, sometimes in collaboration with state security forces, derailing the peace process and read more



BP on trial in High Court over environmental damage in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 13 October 2014

Leigh Day Press Release One of the largest environmental legal cases in UK legal history begins in London on Wednesday 15th October 2014 as Colombian farmers bring their legal fight against BP to the High Court. The four-month trial will be the first time BP have faced the UK read more



Cattle owning ex-Governor found guilty of paramilitary collusion

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 13 October 2014

In a case which exemplifies the interconnected nature of the Colombian state, business, and paramilitary violence, the former Head of the Cordoba Cattle Ranchers Trust who was temporarily appointed as Governor of Cordoba, accepted charges of conspiracy, money laundering, deportation, expulsion, forced displacement, destruction of property, and being a frontman. read more



Hundreds of state agents charged with extrajudicial killings within last year

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 13 October 2014

More than 400 more state agents have been accused of killing civilians within the last year, bringing the total to 4,774. These numbers are from a Prosecutor General’s report dated to February of this year, which the Prosecutor General’s Office pointed to as the most updated statistics in an email. read more



Calls for a ceasefire continue to grow

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 9 October 2014

This article is heavily based on an article from El Espectador, "Cese el fuego por 100 dias". In recent weeks in Colombia various campaigns were launched by different civil society groups to promote conflict resolution and call for a bilateral ceasefire - something JFC has been calling for since read more



Political prisoner beaten by guards

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 8 October 2014

In the capital of the state of Cauca, five prisoners were severely beaten by guards after they attempted to escape on 7 October 2014. One of those beaten was Hemar Botina Botello, a political prisoner. All of those beaten were already captured and completely defenceless yet were hit in the read more



91 Human Rights Defenders receive death threat

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The United Nation’s human rights office in Colombia has condemned a death threat sent to at least 91 human rights defenders in Colombia in early September. The email which was received by dozens contained a “black list” featuring the names of 91 human rights activists currently working within the country. read more



Permanent negotiations initiated between government and social movements

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 6 October 2014

This weekend a roundtable was created for ongoing talks between the government and a coalition of grass roots organisations organised under the banner of the Agrarian Council. The Agrarian Council was formed earlier this year in response to the continuing neglect of the Colombian countryside and after a series of read more



Photos of recent delegation to Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 3 October 2014

In July 2014, Justice for Colombia hosted a delegation in Colombia. Trade unionists, politicians, a journalist and a lawyer from Britain and Ireland travelled to Bogota and visited the regions of Putumayo and Buenaventura meeting with some of the most high profile opposition politicians, trade unionists, human rights defenders and read more



Peasant killed by riot police

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 2 October 2014

In the state of Putumayo, where Justice for Colombia recently travelled with a delegation of trade unionists and politicians, a peasant has been killed after an attack by Colombian riot police on 14 September 2014. Arnoldo Muñoz was one of hundreds of local residents in the Puerto Vega-Teteye region read more



Colombian authorities continue to figure as principal human rights violators, report reveals

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 1 October 2014

A human rights report from the respected Jesuit human rights observatory CINEP has revealed that in the second half of 2013, the Colombian police were the principal perpetrators of human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law. A high number of these violations took place in the context of read more



Colombian trade union federation calls for ceasefire and the release of Huber Ballesteros

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The CUT, Colombia’s largest trade union federation has held its sixth national congress in the Caribbean coastal city of Santa Marta. Under the slogan Peace, Sovereignty, Democracy, and Labour Rights, delegates met to discuss the most pertinent issues affecting Colombian trade unionism as well as wider contextual issues affecting read more