Huber Ballesteros Nominated for Prestigious Award

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Huber Ballesteros, the imprisoned CUT executive member, has been nominated for the Silver Rose award for people who advocate and campaign for the rights of the most vulnerable in society. The award is given by the Solidar network of European NGOs that seeks to advance the cause of social justice read more



Humanitarian and Human Rights Crises in Colombian Prisons

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Humanitarian and Human Rights Crises in Colombian Prisons By W. T. Whitney Jr. Prisoners in Colombia have gained new visibility recently. Prisoner protest actions are one factor. Another is discussion in the Havana peace talks of prisoners as victims of armed conflict. What happens at the talks readily becomes public read more



Troops Kill Peasant Farmer in Granada

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 25 November 2014

On 12th November 2014 Jose Norbey Gonzalez was seriously wounded when army troops of the 4th Mobile Brigade shot him. Mr Gonzalez survived for several days but finally died on 23rd November. Mr Gonzalez was travelling home from work in the settlement of Cano Cabra towards his home in Cano read more



JFC included in UNISON branch newsletter

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 25 November 2014

After speaking at an event organised by the UNISON Solihull branch, Justice for Colombia was recently included in the local branch newsletter. "The final speaker was Hasan from Justice for Columbia who showed a moving film about the realities trade unionists and human rights activists face there. Columbia is one read more



Army Kills Two Peasant Farmers, Seven Wounded

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 25 November 2014

One of dead is reported killed after being taken away by troops. One of the wounded is disappeared for three days. Troops ransack peasant farmer homes and steal their savings. A military operation near Tumaco on Colombia’s Pacific coast on 13th November 2014 led to the killing of two read more



Santos Suspends Peace Talks

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 17 November 2014

-General Captured in Civilian Clothes having left bodyguards behind despite warnings of FARC presence. -Suspension of talks sparks #treguaya (ceasefire now) hashtag on twitter General Ruben Dario Alzate, commander of the Titan Task Force of Choco department was allegedly captured alongside an army captain and a lawyer in charge read more



The Violence of the Paramilitaries

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 14 November 2014

Translation of article by Gustavo Gallon published in El Espectador titled "Black Eagles and other deadly creatures". Does the Colombian State have the capacity to uncover the identity of the perpetrators of the many and constant threats made by neoparamilitary groups? Or does it lack the will to do read more



UN condemns plans for the jurisdiction of military courts

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 14 November 2014

The United Nations have presented a series of objections to plans for widening the jurisdiction of military courts in Colombia, saying that these plans are “not consistent” with international human rights obligations. UN representative Todd Howland called on the Colombian congress to make important changes to the project and read more



Parlamentarios Denuncian Plan de Atentado

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Hoy varios parlamentarios de diferentes partidos colocaron una resolución oficial de emergencia en el parlamento británico denunciado la existencia de un plan de la extrema derecha, para desestabilizar las conversaciones de paz de La Habana, entre el Gobierno Nacional de Colombia y las FARC-EP. El plan incluye intentos de atentar read more



No Concrete Commitments but the EU Promises Aid once Colombia Peace is Signed

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 10 November 2014

Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, has expressed the European Union’s readiness to back Colombia with concrete assistance when the peace agreement is implemented. Both the European Parliament and Commission expressed their support for the peace process, with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schultz, saying read more



Former Negotiators Discuss Peace on Colombian TV

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 10 November 2014

In June 2014 JFC took its latest delegation from Ireland/Northern Ireland to Colombia to observe the situation there as part of our efforts to support the Colombian peace process. Among the delegates were former negotiators of the Good Friday Agreement. During their time in Colombia three of the delegates took read more



Liliany Obando Message to Women Trade Unionists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 10 November 2014

Colombian political prisoner Liliany Obando sends a message to women trade unionists of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Liliany was imprisoned for over three years with no conviction. She was later charged and sentenced to house arrest where she is now continuing the legal fight to clear read more



Colombia Questions in Parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Written question asked by Jim Sheridan (Labour MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North) on 27 October 2014: ‘To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received about allegations of a reduction in protection afforded to (a) Senator Ivan Cepeda read more



Justice for Colombia in Fife, Scotland

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Justice for Colombia was recently invited to speak in Fife, Scotland. Here is a short piece from the local paper. read more



Week of violent deaths in Arauca

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Within the last week six people are known to have been assassinated in the department of Aracua and at least another three have disappeared. In one region a group of armed men dressed as civilians, probably paramilitaries, have been seen on numerous occasions. On the 28th October Jose Rolando Sosa read more



President Santos in Europe Seeking Funds for Peace

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 4 November 2014

President Santos is today in Brussels, the second stop in his European tour. This visit seeks European political and financial support for Colombia’s post-conflict, if the peace talks are successfully concluded. Santos has already visited Madrid, where the Spanish government has promised its support for the idea of a European read more



Paramilitary Threats in Meta and Catatumbo

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Recent reports from Meta indicate paramilitaries are threatening members of the local Patriotic March leadership, local peasant negotiators at the regional peasant-government roundtable and human rights defenders. The reports date back to August this year when according to Kevin Ascencio Medina, a former guerrilla-turned paramilitary called ‘Pipe’ approached him read more



Fumigations Destroy Crops

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 3 November 2014

On 31 October peasant farmers from the villages of Puerto Playa, Bajo Lorenzo, La Espanola, San Salvador and Agualongo in the municipality of Puerto Asis, a scant 10km from the border with Ecuador, reported that the government had again begun a programme of fumigations. The fumigations violate agreements reached at read more



Imprisoned FARC Member Exposes Conditions

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 3 November 2014

FARC prisoners request prisoner of war status and an international humanitarian verification visit to Colombia’s prisons. Tulio Murillo, a member of the FARC held in a Cucuta prison made a video presentation during the fourth victims' meeting with the negotiators of both sides. Wearing a Colombian national team shirt read more



Fourth Group of Victims Meet Negotiators

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 3 November 2014

Victims ask for end to landmines, displacement, child recruitment, and discrimination against the LGBT community, and for state to resolve the situation in Colombia’s prisons. On Sunday the fourth group of victims visited the peace negotiators of the Colombian Government and the FARC in Havana to deliver their experiences. read more