COMUNICADO: FARC Discute Proceso de Paz en el Parlamento Británico.

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 5 March 2015

COMUNICADO Londres, 5 de marzo 2015 FARC Discute Proceso de Paz en el Parlamento Británico. El grupo de Amigos de Colombia del Parlamento británico, el Grupo Parlamentario sobre Conflicto, y la ONG Justicia por Colombia han organizado el evento del martes 10 de marzo, en el cual negociadores read more

Peace Community member tortured by Army

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The San Jose Peace Community in northeastern Colombia was set up in response to the violence committed against the civilian population. Local residents declared a zone of peace, where all armed actors were prohibited from entering. In spite of the power of their resistance that continues today, the abuses read more

Two separate attacks on Afrocolombian trade union leaders

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 2 March 2015

In two separate attacks at the end of last month, trade union leaders and active community leaders for the Afrocolombian community were targeted. The first attack took place on the 20 February 2015, when trade union leaders from the public service provider EmCali were shot at whilst having lunch in read more

Liliany Obando is granted conditional bail!

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 27 February 2015

After a seven month wait, human rights defender Liliany Patricia Obando Villota was finally granted conditional bail on the 24 February 2015. She has been under house arrest for the last six months in spite of having fulfilled all the requirements to be granted bail. The judge decreed however that read more

Journalist shot dead

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 19 February 2015

A 63-year-old journalist was killed in the Southern province of Caqueta on Saturday 14th February. Luis Peralta Cuéllar who ran a radio program was known for his journalism denouncing irregularities and had received threats in the past. Last year, another journalist Luis Carlos Cervantes, well known for investigating political read more

Human rights defenders more threatened than ever before

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 19 February 2015

In its yearly report, the Colombian human rights organisation Somos Defensores (We are Defenders), has recorded 55 human rights defenders being killed in 2014. In addition to the number of killings, the report highlighted the enormous increase in death threats issued to defenders – there were 626 death threats issued read more

Threats and attacks against national grass roots movement

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 19 February 2015

Colombia’s largest social movement, the Patriotic March, which is formed of over 2,000 organsiations, has released details of a wave of threats and attacks against its members. Since its founding in 2012, at least 65 members of the Patriotic March have been killed, most recently the peasant leader and community read more

Journalists in the firing line

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The Colombian Federation of Journalists (Fecolper) recently highlighted the risks associated with this profession in Colombia. Journalism is becoming an increasingly dangerous job, as can be seen in the assassinations, death threats, illegal detentions, forced displacements, damage to premises and equipment, and other forms of harassment that journalists are read more

Remains of almost 3,000 conflict victims returned to families

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Following a complex process of investigation and identification carried out between 2007 and 2014, the remains of 2,789 victims who were disappeared have been returned to their families by local human rights authorities. “Our 17 year old son was killed and disappeared by a paramilitary group on 26 November 1989 read more

Alarming series of death threats against regional victims’ leader

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 13 February 2015

The Movement for Victim’s of State Crimes (MOVICE), a close partner of Justice for Colombia, has denounced the recent death threats made against one of its regional leaders, Martha Diaz*. On 8 February 2015 Martha received a funeral wreath sent to her home with the words “Rest in peace” written read more