Justice for Colombia and Parliamentary Friends of Colombia celebrate peace agreement

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 26 August 2016

Justice for Colombia (JFC) and the Parliamentary Friends of Colombia (PFC) celebrate the historic announcement made on 24 August 2016 of a final peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC. This is an historic moment for Colombia and promises to put an end to the country's more than read more



Final Peace Agreement announced in Havana

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 25 August 2016

On the evening of Wednesday 24th August in a joint declaration, negotiators from the Colombian government and the FARC announced they had agreed a final peace agreement. After four years of negotiations, the historic announcement aims to put an end to more than fifty years of armed conflict. After a read more



ITUC 2016 report lists Colombia amongst 10 worst countries for workers

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 19 August 2016

In the ITUC 2016 Global Rights Index Colombia is listed amongst the ten worst countries for workers. Workers in Colombia face the worst forms of violence, including murders, killings, threats, kidnappings and physical violence. They report that "Trade unionists have been murdered with impunity for decades in Colombia. In 2015, read more



35 human rights defenders killed in Colombia in the first 6 months of 2016

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 19 August 2016

The latest report from the human rights observatory Somos Defensores reveals that 35 human rights defenders have been killed in the first six months of 2016. This means that on average, between January and June 2016, every 2 days a human rights defender was attacked and every 5 days one read more



Oil Workers' Union receive death threats from paramilitary groups

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 18 August 2016

On 7th August the national executive committee of the Colombian oil workers' union, USO, was sent a threat via email from the paramilitary organisation, Autodefensas Gaitanistas. They were warned that the paramilitary group would "take action" against union leaders. Rodolfo Vecino, USO's head of human rights and peace, also received read more



Supreme Court orders government to respond to malnutrition epidemic

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Throughout 2015 and 2016 there has been a crisis of drought and resultant lack of food in the desert region of La Guajira in north east Colombia, an area populated predominantly for the Wayuu indigenous community. In 2015 900 cases of children malnourished children were identitfied and in 2016 so read more



Preparations begin for Transitory Zones where FARC members will relocate after peace deal

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A verification mission consisting of members of the United Nations, the Colombian Army, and the FARC visited six of the villages where FARC members will be located to initiate the demobilisation process. 23 transitory zones will be created and 8 smaller camps (see here for more information) and the read more



Colombian ex-senator and peace activist Piedad Cordoba has charges overturned

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Piedad Cordoba, the high profile peace activist who played a fundamental role in securing the release of hostages held by the FARC in the lead up to the opening of peace talks has had charges brought against her dropped. The ex-senator was charged in 2010 by the Inspector General who read more



Morning Star Interview with Colombian Oil Workers

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Article published in the Morning Star JAMES TWEEDIE speaks to Cesar Loza and Hector Vaca, leaders of the Colombian Oil Workers’ Union (USO), about their hopes for the future in the context of the recent peace agreements Colombia has just emerged from 50 years of civil war, read more



Paramilitary presence and threats reported in Montecristo, northern Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 4 August 2016

AHERAMIGUA, the Association of Agroecological and Mining Fraternities of Guacomó, which represents peasant farmers, artisanal miners and local Christian communities, have denounced the presence of paramilitary groups in the municipality of Montecristo, Bolívar, northern Colombia. Members of the paramilitary organisation, the Clan Úsuga are operating in urban areas as well read more



Peasant farmer activist assassinated in south-west Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Evaristo Dagua Troches, a 64 year old peasant farmer, was assassinated in northern Cauca on 29 July. He was a one of the founding members of the Association of Peasant Farmers of the Peasant Farmer Reserve Zone in Corinto and a member of the local indigenous community. He was on read more