Another prisoner dies as result of medical negligence in "La Tramac˙a" prison in Valledupar.

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 31 October 2014

​Mr Jose Luis Polo Torregrosa was held in the ‘La Tramacua’ prison in Valledupar when he passed away on the 25 October 2014 because he hadn’t received adequate medical care. The victim’s family requested medical care for a lung condition on his behalf but in spite of this he was read more

Peace Talks Update: 28 October 2014

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The two sides continue to debate the 5th point of the talks – which covers victims, as well as detailing sub-committees to plan and discuss the ending of the conflict. As part of the preparations for the latter point a large number of fresh faces from guerrilla ranks appeared in read more

Colombia: Political Prisoners and the Penal System

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 27 October 2014

This is a translation of an interview printed in the Colombian alternative newspaper La Voz. The president of the ‘Eduardo Umana’ lawyers collective, Uldarico Florez Pena, speaks about the political prisoner situation in Colombia: - What are political prisoners? read more

Member of Patriotic March killed

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 24 October 2014

On Sunday 28 September 2014, in the state of Nariño, Pedro Augusto Arizala Batalla, was killed after two gunmen identified him and shot a single bullet in his chest. Pedro Augusto Arizala Batalla was a recognised leader of the Patriotic March in the region and had recently been involved in read more

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