More Threats Against Journalists

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 31 October 2007

International press freedom organisation 'Reporters without Borders' today voiced their concern about the continuing threats to Claudia Julieta Duque, a UNICEF consultant and correspondent of Radio Nizkor in Colombia. Justice for Colombia is pleased to reproduce their statement here:DISPUTE OVER GOVERNMENT PROTECTION FOR JOURNALIST, ALTHOUGH SHE IS STILL SERIOUSLY read more

Riots hit Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Allegations of fraud in Sunday's regional elections in Colombia have caused protests around the country including serious rioting in some towns. Already one protester has been killed and the army has been sent into the streets to restore order. In Sucre department huge protests are being held against read more

JFC meeting at Labour NW conference

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Justice for Colombia and Unite, the largest trade union in Britain, are holding a joint fringe meeting on the situation in Colombia at the Labour Party North West annual conference in Southport on Saturday 3rd November.Speakers at the event include Maire Daley, a member of the JFC Executive as well read more

Opposition wins Bogotá elections

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 29 October 2007

Samuel Moreno, the candidate of the opposition Democratic Pole party, won Sunday's election for mayor of Bogotá – often described as the second most important political post in Colombia. This was despite allegations by President Alvaro Uribe that Mr Moreno was linked to the FARC guerrilla insurgency. Democratic read more


News from Colombia | on: Monday, 29 October 2007

On Saturday morning (27th Oct) Moises Delgado and Eliberto Poveda, both from the region of Sumapaz near Bogotá, were taken away by the Colombian security forces. Mr Delgado was the 'Democratic Pole' opposition party candidate for the regional assembly elections. The timing of his detention, a day before the elections, read more

Paramilitary Threats against Public Sector Workers

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 28 October 2007

Three active members of the public sector workers' union ASTDEMP, including the leader of the union, have received death threats on their mobile phones in recent days. The union, which says that the threats are in response to recent complaints they made about links between regional politicians and rightwing read more

President Uribe attacks opposition leaders

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 27 October 2007

In an outburst on live radio yesterday President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia accused opposition leader Dr Carlos Gaviria, and opposition newspaper editor Dr Carlos Lozano, of working with the FARC guerrilla insurgency. The accusations have put the lives of both men, as well as others who exercise legitimate and read more

Air Force Bombs Community

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 27 October 2007

Yesterday the Colombian Air Force bombed and strafed with machinegun fire the rural community of Mapiripan in Meta department. Although nobody was hurt in the attack the community's water supply was damaged and houses were destroyed.According to the Community Action Council of Mapiripan, the attack has caused panic in read more

Colombian visitor tours UK

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 25 October 2007

In mid-October JFC hosted Colombian trade union leader Harold Tello in the UK for a ten day visit sponsored by the Nick Burdon and Denis Blockley Memorial Trust Fund. Mr Tello is the leader of SINTRAIME, the union representing workers in the metal, automobile, iron and steel industries, and, read more

Killings and Detentions in Arauca Region Rocket

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 25 October 2007

The 'Joel Sierra' Human Rights Foundation, based in the Colombian department of Arauca, have reported that eight civilians have been assassinated. They also report that a further nine people have arbitrarily detained by the Colombian security forces in the past two and a half weeks. The Foundation reports that read more

Political Prisoner Allowed to Die

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Political prisoners at the 'Giron' jail in Santander department have called for an investigation into the October 20th death of political prisoner Jordan Javier Ramirez. According to fellow inmates, prison authorities denied medical treatment to Mr Ramirez for five months despite a severe illness – essentially allowing him to read more

Army Executes 7 in Catatumbo

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 19 October 2007

At least seven civilians in the Catatumbo region of Norte de Santader department have been murdered by Colombian Army troops over the past two weeks say human rights groups.According to the human rights groups the bodies of all those killed were taken by helicopter to military bases in the towns read more

Human rights groups pressure US Congress

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 18 October 2007

In a press release issued today entitled Colombia: US Congress Should Maintain Hold on Military Aid Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch draw attention to the huge increase in extrajudicial executions being committed by the Colombian Army. We reproduce it here.Visiting Colombian Defense Secretary Must Explain Rise in read more

Death Threats Intensify

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Three trade unionists, one each from the public sector, the private sector and the agricultural sector, have received death threats as has a human rights lawyer.The most recent threat, which arrived on October 15th, targeted lawyer Blanca Irene Lopez of the 'Yira Castro' Lawyers Corporation – an organisation of lawyers read more

International mission reports increase in extrajudicial executions

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 11 October 2007

Extrajudicial executions by members of the Colombian Army have increased dramatically in the past five years according to a report released by the 'International Mission on Extrajudicial Executions and Impunity'. The Mission, which was in Colombia during the first week of October, reported that the extent of the killings read more


News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Today, October 10th, the National Agrarian and Popular Mobilisation began in Colombia. The Mobilisation is due to continue for three days and has been called by a broad coalition of trade union, indigenous, student and agricultural organizations. There have already been numerous attacks against the organizers of this event in read more

Uribe Must Respect Judicial Independence

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 9 October 2007

The Colombian President has attempted to interfere in a Colombian Supreme Court investigation into links between politicians and paramilitaries. Here Justice for Colombia reproduces a statement released today by Washington-based Human Rights Watch:Human Rights Watch StatementColombian President Alvaro Uribe's interference with investigations conducted by the Colombian Supreme Court and read more

New York Times Editorial on Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 8 October 2007

In an editorial today the New York Times called on the US Government not to pass a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia. Whilst The Times urged the US Congress to pass Free Trade Agreements with all other countries that have them pending they said that in the case of read more

TAKE ACTION – Colombian Army violating human rights in attempt to prevent National Protest

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 7 October 2007

A series of abuses, including murders, illegal detentions and torture, have been perpetrated against those organizing for the planned 'National Days of Protest' due to take place in Colombia on 10th, 11th and 12th October. According to local human rights organisations; trade unionists, student activists and agricultural leaders have read more

Journalists Threatened

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 3 October 2007

The Colombian correspondent of the Spanish-language version of the Miami Herald newspaper has been forced to flee Colombia after President Uribe accused him of ghost-writing a critical book. In another development renowned Colombian TV reporter Hollman Morris has received further death threats.The most recent threat against Mr Morris, who read more

JFC at Labour

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 1 October 2007

Justice for Colombia had a big presence at the 2007 Labour Party conference in Bournemouth with our profile being raised significantly due to the publication of a JFC advert in The Guardian on the first Monday of conference. The advert, which we have already reported on read here read more