Teacher Trade Unionist Brutally Shot Dead

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 27 October 2012

The Cauca teachers’ union, ASOINCA, has reported the murder of one oftheir leading members, 43 year old teacher trade unionist Ariel Adolfo CamayoValencia. Mr Camayo worked at the ‘Manuel Jose Mosquera de Paniquita’ school in the area of Totoro, Cauca Department teaching social sciences and geography. Hewas read more



Trade unionist and Patriotic March member detained in Cauca

Justice For Colombia News | on: Saturday, 20 October 2012

On 14th October Rigoberto Guarín Vallejo was detained by soldiers of the Colombian army’s 29th Mobile Brigade, at a roadblock in the municipality of Corinto. Once arrested he was taken to the nearby police station, and accused of “rebellion” “conspiracy to commit a crime”, “homicide” and “use of funds for read more



Success for UCU and JFC as former Political Prisoner wins Appeal

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 18 October 2012

Dr. Miguel Beltran, Colombian academic and former political prisoner has finally won an extension to carry out his postdoctorate study from outside Colombia, following months of appeal. Beltran’s original application to extend his sabbatical was denied in July this year, when the National University of Colombia tried to force him read more



Peace Talks Launched in Norway

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 18 October 2012

Peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian Government were formally launched today in Norway. Representatives of both sides’ negotiating teams attended the launch in a hotel in Hurdal, just north of Oslo. The launch had been delayed for some days, apparently due to travel complications for the FARC representatives read more



Radio Campaign Launched for Human Rights Defenders

Justice For Colombia News | on: Saturday, 13 October 2012

On Wednesday, 26 September, human rights coalition the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE), and Irish NGO Front Line Defenders launched a 6-episode Public Service Announcement (PSA) radio campaign focusing on 6 Colombian human rights defenders. The campaign aims to counter the ongoing smear campaign that discredits and read more



Indiscriminate shooting by soldiers kills young girl in Cauca

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 10 October 2012

On 7th October, 13 year old Ingrid Johana Ruiza, was shot dead when Colombian army soldiers entered a shopping centre in the Betania town centre in Patia, Cauca and began firing their weapons indiscriminately. The shooting, carried out in the “Punto Rojo” retail centre by soldiers from the read more



Labour Party Passes Unanimous Motion to Support JFC

Justice For Colombia News | on: Sunday, 7 October 2012

The UK Labour Party last week agreed to fully support Justice for Colombia’s Peace Campaign and calls for a bilateral ceasefire to enable peace talks to take place without fear and intimidation. At its annual conference, the Labour Party welcomed the announcement by President Santos of the commencement of peace read more



JFC and Simpson Millar campaign for Henry Diaz at Labour Party Conference

Justice For Colombia News | on: Saturday, 6 October 2012

JFC and Simpson Millar LLP launched their campaign for Henry Diaz, disapeared Colombian trade unionist, at Labour Party Conference this year. Messages to Colombian President Santos calling for justice were signed by high profile politicians and union leaders, among them Chris Bryant, former Foreign Office Minister, Rob Flello, shadow Justice read more