Farmers meet to discuss point 4 of peace agreement: crop substitution

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 31 January 2017

On 27 and 28 January peasant farmers, indigenous communities and Afro-Colombian coca, marijuana and poppy farmers met in the city of Popayán to plan a road map to implement point 4 of the peace agreement, which deals with illicit crops. The event was organised by the National Coordinating Committee for read more



Gobierno británico expresa preocupación por asesinatos en Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Cuatro miembros del parlamento británico del partido laborista preguntan al Ministro de Estado de Asuntos Exteriores y de la Mancomunidad británica, Alan Duncan, sobre el creciente número de asesinatos de activistas sociales en Colombia, especialmente de grupos políticos como la Marcha Patriótica. El Ministro de Estado respondió, expresando la preocupación read more



Indigenous woman activist assassinated in Valledupar

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Women human rights defenders continue to be targeted in Colombia. Just 2 weeks after Emilsen Manyoma was murdered in Buenaventura, another female activist has been killed. Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela, an indigenous human rights activist from the Wiwa community, was assassinated on Thursday 26 January. According to reports Yoryanis was read more



Community of El Bagre suffers more violence from paramilitaries

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Association of Agroecological and Mining Fraternities of Guacomó (Aheramigua), which represents artisanal miners, peasant farmers and Christians in the south of Bolivar Department, has warned of the imminent threat facing the municipality of El Bagre, Antioquia, due to the activity of paramilitary groups in the area. According to the read more



UK government expresses concerns about killings of civil society activists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 30 January 2017

27 January 2017 Written questions to the Minister of State responsible for Colombia. Catherine West, Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he read more



Another land claimant and 2 environmentalists assassinated in Antioquia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 30 January 2017

Porfirio Jaramillo, who had been leading a group of families seeking to have their land returned in the municipality of Turbo, Antioquia, was kidnapped and later killed on Saturday 28 January. He was taken from his home by force by 4 men on motorbikes. Porfirio had denounced previous threats to read more



MPs raise concerns about killings of Patriotic March activists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 30 January 2017

27 January 2017 Written questions to the Minister of State responsible for Colombia. Rob Flello Labour, Stoke-on-Trent South To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had read more



Community leader assassinated in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 26 January 2017

On Wednesday 25 January Hernando Murillo, a community leader from western Colombia, was killed by three hooded men in his home. Hernando was previously president of the Community Action Committee and was a member of the Community Council of his village, which lies on the border between Risaralda and Chocó read more



Indepaz report that 117 social leaders and HRDs assassinated in 2016

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

In their annual report, the Colombian think tank the Institute of Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), state that 117 social leaders and human rights defenders were killed in 2016. In addition, there were 350 individual and collective threats, 46 assassination attempts and 5 cases of forced disappearance. The report highlights read more



Criminal lawyer assassinated in Cali

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Jhon Fredy Concha Valbuena, a criminal lawyer, was shot dead by sicarios (hired assassins) outside his home in the city of Cali on Tuesday 24 January. Jhon Fredy had been defending 3 people accused of participating in the kidnapping of 12 deputies from Valle del Cauca in 2002. The departmental read more



Formal peace talks between Colombian government and ELN set to start in February

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 20 January 2017

The ELN (National Liberation Army), and the Colombian government announced they will start formal peace talks on 7th February in Quito, Ecuador. Five days before, on 2nd February, the ELN have committed to free Odín Sánchez Montes de Oca, who is an ex-congressman being held by the read more



Peasant activist murdered in Córdoba department

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 20 January 2017

Hernán Agames, a peasant activist and member of the Patriotic March, was found dead on 19th January 2017 in the municipality of Puerto Libertador in the south of Córdoba department. Agames was part of ASCSUCOR (the Association of Peasants of the South of Córdoba), which has read more



Human rights activist in Buenaventura murdered with her husband

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The murder of human rights activists in Colombia continues to escalate. Yesterday, 17 January 2017, the body of Emilsen Manyoma was found together with her husband Joe Javier Rodallega in the municipality of Buenaventura. Emilsen Manyoma was an active leader in her community working to denounce paramilitary activities and helped read more



Huber Ballesteros is freed from prison!

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 16 January 2017

After 40 months in jail, Huber Ballesteros has finally been released from prison. On 13th January the court lifted the preventive detention order against the prominent trade union and peasant farmer leader, allowing for his release from La Picota Prison in Bogotá. Huber, one of the leaders of the Patriotic read more



Displaced Afro-Colombian father and son murdered in Chocó department

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 January 2017

In the first 11 days of 2017 5 peasant farmers and social leaders have been killed in Colombia. Alongside the recent murders of activists in the departments of Córdoba, Cauca and César, last weekend a father and son were killed by paramilitaries in Chocó department. Juan de la Cruz Mosquera, read more



Peasant farmer activist and member of Patriotic March killed

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 January 2017

There is growing concern in Colombia about the safety of rural activists as another community leader has been killed. On 11th January the body of José Yimer Cartagena Usuga, vice-president of the Peasant Farmer Association for the Development of the Alto Sinú (ASODECAS) and member of the Patriotic March, was read more



Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Department of Labor’s Colombia FTA Report

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 12 January 2017

January 11, 2017 I am pleased that the report released today by the Department of Labor in response to our submission on Colombia’s Free Trade Agreement found significant evidence of inadequate labor inspection and enforcement, abusive subcontracting, failure to prosecute threats and violence against unionists and other failures. While read more



Gobierno británico se pronuncia sobre las zonas de transición y prisioneros políticos

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Miembros del parlamento británico preguntan al gobierno británico sobre las condiciones en las zonas de transición en Colombia, expresando su preocupación que no estén instaladas adecuadamente. También plantearon cuestiones en el parlamento británico sobre cuando los presos políticos en Colombia van a estar liberados, ya que se aprobó la ley read more



MPs question Ministers on Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 11 January 2017

10 January 2017 Oral answers from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Kelvin Hopkins, Labour, Luton North What reports he has received on the conditions in which political prisoners are held in Colombia; and if he will make a statement. read more



Another activist murder reported in Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 11 January 2017

News has emerged of another killing in the southwestern region of Cauca where paramilitary activities have been intensifying and political activists are being killed at a horrific rate. On 30th December 2016, Yanetin Alejandra Calvache, a local community activist and member of the agricultural workers’ union FENSUAGRO and the Patriotic read more



Indigenous rights activist killed

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 10 January 2017

With less than a week gone in 2017 the indigenous rights activist Olmeido Pito Garcia was shot three times and killed. Olmeido was a member of the Landless Movement and the Patriotic March and was murdered on 6th January 2017 in Cauca as he returned home. In North Cauca where read more



Environmental and community activist killed in Northern Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 9 January 2017

On Saturday 7 January another social leader was assassinated in Colombia. Aldemar Parra García was the President of the Apicultural Society in the village of El Hatillo, in Cesar Department, and a prominent community activist. He had been leading local opposition to the resettlement of the village due to the read more



Latest Frontline Defenders report - Colombia most dangerous country for HRDs.

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 6 January 2017

The latest report from the human rights organisation Frontline Defenders lists Colombia as the most dangerous country for human rights defenders. Of the 281 human rights defenders killed in 2016, in the 25 countries the organisation reports on, 85 were in Colombia. The report notes that despite the progression of read more



Six seats in Congress given to newly formed “Voices for Peace”

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 4 January 2017

After the Constitutional Court confirmed the legality of the fast-track mechanism, the six delegates who will have voice but no vote in the Colombian Congress to oversee the passing of the remaining peace laws have taken up their seats. As part of the peace agreement the FARC could select read more



Amnesty Law passed in Colombian Congress

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The first of several peace laws which form part of the peace agreement and will move through Congress via a fast-track mechanism was approved by both houses on 28th December. The Amnesty Law will allow for FARC members who are not accused of War Crimes or Crimes against Humanity to read more



Peasant activist murdered on Christmas day in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The threats and murders of political activists which had intensified in the closing months of 2016 did not stop over the Christmas period. On Christmas day, Anuar José Álvarez, was chased by two men on a motorbike before being shot three times in the chest. Anuar was a member of read more