VIDEO: Colombian Government and FARC in EU Peace Event

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 29 January 2016

The FARC and the Colombian Government have taken part in a peace event in the European Parliament organised by JFC and the EU's Foreign Affairs Committee. There were interventions via video link from the Colombian Peace Commissioner Sergio Jaramillo and the Head of the FARC Peace delegation Ivan Marquez. To read more



Comunicado: Gobierno colombiano y FARC hablan del proceso de paz en el Parlamento Europeo

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 28 January 2016

Comunicado: Gobierno colombiano y FARC hablan del proceso de paz en el Parlamento Europeo La Comisión de Asuntos Exteriores del Parlamento Europeo (AFET) ha invitado a los negociadores del gobierno colombiano y de las FARC a una audiencia hoy, jueves 28 de enero a las 11.00am para hablar sobre el read more



PRESS: Colombian Government and FARC to Discuss Peace Talks in European Parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 28 January 2016

Press Release Colombian Government and FARC to Discuss Peace Talks in European Parliament The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament (AFET) will be hosting negotiators from the Colombian government and the FARC at a formal hearing on Thursday 28th January at 11.00 to discuss the Colombian peace read more



IPU calls for case against Senator Iván Cepeda to be dropped

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 25 January 2016

The Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union has adopted a decision on the disciplinary charges brought against Colombian Senator Iván Cepeda by the Inspector General’s Office. They state they are “deeply concerned about the disciplinary proceedings under way against Senator Cepeda” and consider “that the read more



UIP pide que se abandone caso en contra de Iván Cepeda

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 25 January 2016

El Comité de Derechos Humanos de los Parlamentarios de la Unión Interparlamentaria ha adoptado una decisión sobre el caso disciplinario de la Procuraduría en contra del Senador colombiano Iván Cepeda. Dice que está “profundamente preocupado por los procedimientos disciplinarios en curso contra el senador Cepeda” y considera que “no se read more



16 of 30 pardoned FARC combatants released

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 22 January 2016

On 20 January the Colombian government released 16 of the 30 pardoned FARC guerrilla combatants. Last November the government promised to release the prisoners within two weeks but after unexplained delays only 16 have been released. Nine male combatants and seven female combatants were released from the Picota and Buen read more



UN asked to oversee end to conflict in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The Government of the Republic of Colombia and the FARC-EP Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have this week asked the UN for a mission to oversee the end to six decades of conflict. Since peace talks started in Havana in November 2012, negotiators have reached agreement on key issues such read more



Pregnant teenager killed by army

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 20 January 2016

A 14 year old pregnant teenager was killed by the Colombian army in a military operation in Antioquia on 17 January. Melisa Espitia Mazo was at a family party in Piamonte Cáceres when she was shot dead in the early hours of the morning. An adult, José Antonio Fabra, was read more



Social leader murdered in Catatumbo

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 20 January 2016

On the evening of 16 January Nelly Amaya Pérez was shot dead as she tended her shop in the municipality of San Calixto, in the region of Catatumbo. She was a social leader, the president of the Community Action Committee and a survivor of the genocide of the UP. AMSCAT, read more



TUC writes to FCO Minister on Miguel Angel Beltran

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 15 January 2016

Following written parliamentary questions to the Foreign Office tabled by Clive Efford MP requesting that the British Embassy send representatives to the public hearing scheduled for January 25th for imprisoned academic Miguel Angel Beltran, the Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire MP’s response was to state that they cannot ‘interfere read more



Four soldiers captured for murder in region visited by JFC delegations

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 14 January 2016

One year after the 25-year-old Faiber Erazo was shot dead as he passed through through an illegal army checkpoint, four soldiers have been arrested charged with his killing. Faiber was killed in the region of North Cauca and his killing led to massive protests as residents in his village read more



17 people killed by paramilitaries in one region in December

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 14 January 2016

Authorities in the municipality of Tumaco in Nariño Department have denounced the assassination of 17 people in the region during December 2015. Amongst those killed were two students under eighteen and two women. One worked for the aqueduct and waste management company (AQUASEO) and was killed in the presence of read more



Union member murdered in Cartagena

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 14 January 2016

A regional office of the Colombian TUC (CUT) has denounced the murder of Robert Venecia Vega on 15th December 2015. He was shot dead in an armed robbery outside a shopping centre in Cartagena. He was the twenty-fourth trade unionist killed in 2015. Robert worked for the cement company Argos read more



Concern over delay in releasing 30 pardoned FARC prisoners

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 14 January 2016

In Colombia there is growing concern from peace activists and organisations that the Colombian government is not fulfilling their promise to release 30 guerrilla combatants currently in prison. Last November, in the context of a hunger strike by FARC prisoners and the ongoing peace talks in Havana, the government announced read more



Patriotic March denounce murder and threat of members

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 14 January 2016

In December two members of the Patriotic March were killed, whilst others suffered threats, harassment, arbitrary detentions and indiscriminate machine gun attacks in various regions of Colombia. On 8th December Antonio Manuel Montoya León and Kevin Trespalacios were killed in the department of Bolivar, which for decades has been a read more



Wave of threats against union leaders in Cali

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 14 January 2016

Unions and human rights defenders in the Valle del Cauca Department have reported a number of death threats against important union leaders from the Colombian TUC (CUT) and SINTRAUNICOL, the National Union of University Workers, in Cali. Members of UNISON met with SINTRAUNICOL on a recent delegation to Colombia. They read more



Written parliamentary Questions on Colombia to the Foreign Office Minister

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 14 January 2016

11 January 2015 Clive Efford Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request representatives of the British Embassy to attend the public hearing in the case of the imprisoned academic Miguel Angel Beltran scheduled for January 2016 read more