Sindicatos Internacionales Nombran a Huber Ballesteros para Premio Prestigioso

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 31 January 2014

Sindicatos Internacionales Nombran a Huber Ballesteros para Premio Prestigioso La Central Sindical Británica (el TUC) – representando más de 6 millones de trabajadores, hoy nombró al líder sindical Huber Ballesteros como candidato para el prestigioso premio Noruego – el premio ‘Artur Svennson’. Otras organizaciones añadieron sus nombres también nombrando al read more



Unions Around the World Nominate Imprisoned Leader Huber Ballesteros for Prestigious Norwegian Prize

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 31 January 2014

The TUC, ICTU, and several individual unions such as British National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the GMB and the USW from the United States have all nominated imprisoned Colombian trade unionist Huber Ballesteros for the “Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights”. Huber Ballesteros is the Vicepresident of read more



Another extrajudicial killing in Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 31 January 2014

Soldiers from the José Hilario López battalion of the 29th brigade have killed Wilder Eduardo Olave. The crime took place last Friday 17th January 2014 in the municipality of Inzá. At 15h in the afternoon the 19 year old farmer was collecting firewood on his vegetable patch, close to a read more



Leader of the CUT beaten whilst on peaceful demonstration

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 30 January 2014

Óscar Arturo Orozco, president of the Colombia’s largest trade union federation (CUT), has been badly injured by Colombian riot police (Esmad). Mr Orozco, of the Colombian energy workers’ union (Sintraelecol), is also a member of the national movement of victims of state crimes (Movice). His injuries have read more



Six community leaders arrested after taking part in strikes

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 30 January 2014

Concerns are mounting over the wellbeing of six members of ASTRACATOL, an organisation affiliated to the workers’ union Fensuagro. These leaders, who are members of the social and political movement Marcha Patriótica, were active in organising national strike action last year. On the 15 January 2014 several National Army units read more



Prison Burns in Barranquilla: 10 Prisoners Dead

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Yard 7 of the Modelo prison in central Barranquilla in northern Colombia burned down on the evening of 27 January, killing 10 of the 716 prisoners incarcerated in the wing. According to the Governor of Colombia’s Atlantic province, Jose Antonio Segebre, another 42 prisoners were in hospital suffering from burns read more



Catatumbo Peasant Leader Killed

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 29 January 2014

ASCAMCAT the Catatumbo peasants’ association has reported the assassination of Dubiel Antonio Galvis of Sardinata. He was on his way home from the supermarket when he was killed, his body found on the road leading towards Sardinata. Mr Galvis was the local spokesperson for peasants displaced by fumigations. In June read more



Tortured Doorman Receives Death Threat

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Mr Omar Javier Bustos, doorman at the Colombian Communist Party's central office, was arrested on January 20th and beaten by police officers. See report here. Human rights organisations are now reporting that he has received a death threat delivered to his home. On January 24th, as Mr Bustos was read more



US Congress looks into imprisonment of trade union leaders

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Leaders of the USO (Colombian oil-workers union) who have been unjustly imprisoned were visited bya member of the US congress who expressed his concern over the continuing persecution of union leaders in Colombia, and particularly the case of three members of USO who were arrested in December 2013. The read more



Police torture opposition party staff member

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 24 January 2014

Mr Omar Javier Bustos, doorman at the head office of the Colombian Communist Party in the city of Bogota, has been subjected to violent and degrading treatment in the hands of local police officers. This case highlights the validity of concerns about the lack of security for Colombian citizens who read more



Series of incidents in the Cauca region

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 24 January 2014

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MPs denounce attacks and imprisonment of Colombian activists during FCO questions

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 22 January 2014

MPs tabled questions in the House of Commons yesterday, 22 January 2014, raising concerns about the persecution of the political opposition in Colombia, and particularly regarding the attacks and arrests of members of the Patriotic March Social and Political Movement. Here is a transcript of the questions MPs read more



Lawyer receives death threat after defending victims of state crimes

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The lawyer, human rights defender and peace activist, Danilo Rueda, received a death threat last week, 16 January 2014. The threat comes after Mr. Rueda spoke to various media channels about the recent decision of the Interamerican Court for Human Rights which found the Colombian state guilty of collaboration read more



Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers Denounce Attacks in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 17 January 2014

Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers have sent a letter to the Colombian Attorney General in response to the increased and continuous attacks against members of the National Movement for the Victims of State crimes. The letter can be viewed by clicking the link above right. read more



Justice for Colombia: Declaración frente a la primera audiencia de Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 17 January 2014

Justice for Colombia: Declaración frente a la primera audiencia de Huber Ballesteros 17 de enero de 2014 Justice for Colombia, organización defensora de derechos humanos con sede en Londres, apoyado por más de 6 millones de trabajadores en Gran Bretaña e Irlanda que conforman el movimiento sindical y más de read more



VIDEO: New JFC Video showing recent delegation to Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Justice for Colombia has produced a new video of the 2013 Workers Uniting delegation to Colombia. read more


JFC Workers Uniting Delegation to Colombia 2013


UCU condemns arrest of Colombian academic

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The University and College Union has expressed its outrage at the recent arrest of Francisco Toloza, a Colombian academic and leader of the Patriotic March Social and Political Movement. In both a public statement and a written letter to the Colombian Attorney General, the UK’s largest academic union has read more



USW speak out against recent abuses in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 13 January 2014

The United Steelworkers (USW), the largest industrial union in North America, has written a letter to Colombian authorities to express its "grave concern" about the recent murder of a trade unionist and the arrest of Patriotic March leader Francisco Toloza. In July 2013 delegates from USW met with read more



Eight members of the Colombian army charged with peasant farmer murder

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 10 January 2014

Major Germán Enrique Bermúdez, Sergeant Evelio Muñoz and six other military soldiers have been accused of the murder of a Colombian campesino who was killed in the central department of Meta in August 2006. The Major and Sargent will also face charges for forging public documents and carrying illegal read more



Justice for Colombia statement on arrest and imprisonment of Francisco Toloza

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 9 January 2014

Justice for Colombia condemns the recent arrest of Francisco Toloza, the head of International Relations for the Patriotic March Social and Political Movement. Mr. Toloza, who is charged with “aggravated rebellion”, was arrested on 4 January 2013 in the city of Cucuta and was taken to the Colombian capital Bogotá. read more



Bogota: Street Artist Murdered in Case of Social Cleansing

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 9 January 2014

Human rights groups have reported the assassination of Gerson Martinez, a well-known 29 year-old rapper and graffiti artist, known as ‘Totti Beat’. According to his family Gerson was a supporter of Mayor Petro who was recently dismissed by the Procurator General, provoking mass demonstrations of support for Mr Petro. read more



Ever Luis Marin. Killed January 4, 2014 Trade Unionist Killed in Barranquilla

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 8 January 2014

On 4th January Ever Luis Marin Rolong, a 46 year-old electrician at the Aguila beer brewery, was waiting for the bus that took him to work. He was due to begin his shift at 4pm. He never made it. Moments later someone fired six shots into him at point blank read more



Army Rights Violations Reported in Tumaco

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Human rights groups in the Tumaco region of Colombia have reported a series of abuses that took place through December 2013. These involve arbitrary detentions, unfounded accusations of membership of the guerrillas, illegal house and body searches, and cases of torture against peasants involved in communal councils. On December 3 read more



Patriotic March leader arrested in further attempt to silence opposition

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 6 January 2014

In the morning of Saturday 4 January 2013, the head of International Relations for the Patriotic March, Francisco Javier Toloza, was arrested and put in jail. The initial indications were that he is being accused of “rebellion”, a common charge brought against trade unionists and political activists – notably read more



Peasant farmer killed by Colombian Police

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 6 January 2014

The community of Santa Rita in northeast Colombia has reported that a member of their community was killed by police oficers on the 2 January 2013. Johnny Echavarría Betancur was a young peasant farmer who was celebrating the New Year with some friends. After a few drinks, he left his read more



Strike leader and partner found dead

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 6 January 2014

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International court rules against Colombian state for collaboration with paramilitaries

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Interamerican Court for Human Rights has found the Colombian state guilty of not providing the necessary protection guarantees to members of the Afrocolombian community in the Riosucio municipality of the Choco Department during a paramilitary incursion which took place in February 1997. The Court ruled unanimously that Colombian Armed read more