Trade unionist assassinated in Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 23 June 2017

A trade unionist has been tortured and assassinated in the department of Cauca, south-west Colombia. Mauricio Fernando Velez López was taken by force by 12 hooded and armed men from a farm in the municipality of Buenos Aires at 9pm on the evening of Wednesday 21 June. The unidentified men, read more



Another FARC member murdered after being released from prison

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 22 June 2017

Rigobel Quesada was released from prison after being granted an amnesty, but eight days later he was killed. Rigobel was killed as he visited his family in the southern region of San Vicente del Caguan. Whilst authorities deny that the murder had anything to do with his involvement in the read more



David Ravelo released from prison after seven years!

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 22 June 2017

With the decision for his case to be reviewed in the transitional justice courts which will be set up as part of the peace process, the human rights defender David Ravelo has finally been released from prison. Since his unjust imprisonment in September 2010 Justice for Colombia has formed part read more



More threats sent to Huber Ballesteros and his family

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 22 June 2017

Huber Ballesteros and his family have once again received death threats. This is the sixth and seventh time he has been threatened since he was released from prison. On 20 June Mayerli Hurtado Motta, a member of the Patriotic March and Huber's partner, received a Facebook message with the image read more



Elite police unit created to target paramilitaries

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The 16th June 2017 saw the creation of an Elite Unit of the Colombian police to tackle paramilitaries. The creation of such a unit had been agreed in the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC. The unit will consist of 1,088 police, 120 investigators, 40 analysts, and read more



FARC to begin final stage of disarmament

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 20 June 2017

On the 20 June 2017 the FARC-EP will begin the final stage of the disarmament process as it lays down the final 40% of its weapons. The process will last one week and then the FARC-EP will be ready to formalise the creation of their political party. In spite of read more



Families continue to be displaced in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Colombia is famous for its alarming number of displaced people. Apart from Syria it has the highest figure of displaced people anywhere in the world with more than 7 million people having been forced to abandon their homes. This figure continued to grow this year as another 7,000 people were read more



Huber Ballesteros receives even more death threats

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Only days after the latest threats, the trade union leader Huber Ballesteros has received yet more threats. On Sunday 11th June a message was sent via whatsapp to Huber from the paramilitary organisation the AUC. In it he was warned that they were fed up of his left-wing ideals and read more



Trade union activist who visited the UK receives new threats

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The trade union activist, Gustavo Rengifo, who visited the UK to speak about human rights abuses in Colombia in April 2016, has recently received more threats. On 5th June Gustavo was travelling with his security detail in Northern Cauca when they were stopped at a military checkpoint. The soldiers informed read more



3 teachers assassinated in Colombia during teachers' strike

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 9 June 2017

The Colombian Federation of Education Workers (FECODE) has denounced the killings of three teachers during an ongoing national strike by teachers in Colombia. Washington Cedeño Otero, a teacher in the municipality of Puerto Escondido, Córdoba, was assassinated on 6 June. He was shot dead near the school where he worked read more



30% of FARC arms delivered to UN monitors

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 9 June 2017

The implementation of the peace agreement continues, as the FARC announce that 30% of their arms are now in the hands of the UN monitors overseeing the peace process. The laying down of arms process will be down in three stages, with the next 30% on 14 June and the read more



Afro-Colombian community leader assassinated in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 9 June 2017

Bernardo Cuero, an Afro-Colombian human rights defender and chairperson of the victims' organisation in the Department of Atlántico, was assassinated on the evening of Wednesday 7 June. He was watching television at home when two men arrived on a motorcycle and shot him dead. Bernardo was the national lawyer for read more



More death threats sent to Huber Ballesteros and his family

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 9 June 2017

Huber Ballesteros, the trade union leader, has received more death threats. On Wednesday 7 June he and his daughter were sent a message via facebook from the paramilitary organisation the AUC declaring that they were military targets. Commenting on Huber and his daughter's facebook pages, the threat warned that Huber read more



Sindicato de profesores de Gran Bretaña (NUT) envía mensaje de apoyo a FECODE

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 9 June 2017

Querido colega, Re: Declaración Internacional de apoyo a FECODE Compañeros y compañeras de la Federación Colombiana de Trabajadores de la Educación (FECODE) Escribimos desde el sindicato de profesores de Gran Bretaña, la NUT, para expresar nuestro apoyo a la protesta y huelga que se ha ido desarrollando desde el 19 read more



NUT send message of solidarity to striking teachers in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 9 June 2017

Dear brothers and sisters, Re: International declaration to support Colombian Federation of Education Workers (FECODE) We are writing from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in Great Britain to express our support for the ongoing protest and strike by the Colombian Federation of Education Workers (FECODE) taking place since 19 read more



Teachers march again as strike continues

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 7 June 2017

On Tuesday 6th June 60,000 teachers once again marched through the centre of the Colombian capital, Bogotá. They have now been on strike for nearly a month, calling on the government to increase investment in state schools, improve teacher pay and medical care, and ensure public education is accessible across read more



NUT send letter to President Santos condemning violent repression of civic strike

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 5 June 2017

(carta en español a la derecha) Dear Ambassador Osorio, On behalf of the NUT's 350,000 members in the UK, I am writing to you and to President Santos to express my deep concern at the violent response of your government to the ongoing Civic Strike to Live with Dignity in read more