Displaced community forced off their land

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 30 October 2013

In Colombia, refugee communities are still refused the right to return to their land. The story of Pitalito is emblematic of something taking place across Colombia whereby fraudulent claims to land, which are legitimised by the actions of local authorities, are denying whole communities access to their land. In the read more



NOTA DE PRENSA: Parlamentarios y Sindicalistas Protestan en Contra de Uribe en Londres

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Nota de Prensa Londres Octubre 30, 2013 Parlamentarios y Sindicalistas Protestan en Contra de Uribe en Londres Ante la conferencia del anterior Presidente colombiano Álvaro Uribe Vélez este viernes en Londres titulado 'Qué precio la paz en Colombia?’, grandes números de parlamentarios, académicos y sindicalistas han escrito a los organizadores read more



British MPs and trade unions express disgust at invitation given to ex-Colombian President

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 29 October 2013

British MPs and trade unions today wrote a letter to the University of London and Canning House to express their outrage at an invitation given to the ex-Colombian President Álvaro Uribe to speak in London about peace in Colombia. Uribe was President of Colombia between 2002 and 2010 and his read more



Peasant farmer arrested on false charges

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 28 October 2013

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Campaign for the release of political prisoners launched in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 25 October 2013

With the recent arrest and imprisonment of Huber Ballesteros as the spark, a coalition of Colombian organisations joined together with Justice for Colombia to launch a campaign to call for the release of Colombia’s political prisoners and particularly Huber Ballesteros. Huber Ballesteros is an executive committee member of the Colombian read more



The Colombian TUC denounces increasing reduction in protection

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 24 October 2013

In 2005, a system was put in place to guarantee that trade union and other social activists who are under threat receive protection measures from the state. Up until two years ago, the protection provided was administered by the Presidential intelligence service, DAS, which was later exposed as having deep read more



Military Justice Reform is suspended by Colombian Constitutional Court

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 24 October 2013

After a campaign led by five Representatives in the Colombian Congress the much criticised Military Justice Reform was suspended by the Constitutional Court due to a failure to comply with all legal technicalities when Congress approved the law. The decision is a temporary victory for human rights activists and read more



JFC Director talks about the Free Huber campaign

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 21 October 2013

Last week the JFC Director, Mariela Kohon, was interviewed by LabourRadio about the Free Huber campaign and the general situation for trade unionists in Colombia. Have a listen here. read more



Huber writes article from his prison cell: The privatisation of prisons

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 18 October 2013

Privatisation of freedom and commercialisation of prisons. Governments such as the one we have in Colombian are continuing to put into practice neoliberal economic policies that have allowed the capitalist system to penetrate every sphere of our daily lives. In their eagerness to make a profit and read more



Human rights defender has appeal rejected despite extreme irregularities

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 18 October 2013

David Ravelo Crespo, a respected human rights defender, has once again been failed by the Colombian justice system. David was arrested in September 2010, was later charged with murder, and has now had his appeal rejected and his 18 year prison sentence reconfirmed. David was arrested shortly after releasing footage read more



JFC Free Huber Campaign in Colombian Media

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 17 October 2013

Article taken from the English language Colombian online news site, Colombia reports. Campaign launched to free imprisoned union activist posted by Peter Bolton A British human rights group, Justice for Colombia, has begun a campaign to have one of the country’s most high-profile trade unionists released from read more



Human rights lawyer killed by paramilitaries

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Mr Ricardo Rodríguez Cajamarca, a human rights lawyer and municipal spokesperson, has been assassinated for speaking out against human rights violations in Acacías (Meta). As a district attorney, Mr Rodríguez denounced forced displacements, disappearances, assassinations and abuses perpetrated by the armed forces and paramilitaries against civilians in the region. This read more



International delegation witnesses paramiltary presence in northern Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Our Peace Community, from 6 to October 10, 2013 made a pilgrimage for life and against displacement and forced disappearance that is happening to the civilian population in the region. A fundamental objective of this pilgrimage was to visit several villages in the district of San José, such as La read more



Prisoners in La Picota go on Hunger Strike

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 14 October 2013

Political prisoners in the La Picota prison in Bogota where trade union leader Huber Ballesteros is being held have gone on hunger strike. On October 10 political prisoners accidentally learned that the contract for providing meals to the prisoners had been awarded to a new company called Servialimentaria. Two days read more



Amnesty International Warns of Increased Paramilitary Action in Northwest Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The following article is taken from Colombia Reports. For original article see here. Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday urged the government to halt the activities of paramilitaries in north western Colombia, claiming that there is an imminent threat of forced displacement in the region. Human Rights read more



Manuel Antonio Marquez Mejia, Alexi Antonio Arroyo Moreno and Eulogio Tapiero Galindo Three agricultural trade unionists sentenced to 693 months in prison

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 9 October 2013

In Colombia there are reportedly more than 7,000 political prisoners. Most of those are peasant farmers involved in organisations and trade unions campaigning for improved infrastructure, credit opportunities, and ultimately an end to the poverty in which they are forced to live in rural Colombia. As a result of their read more



A married couple killed for being members of the Patriotic March

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 9 October 2013

A man and woman were found dead in the rural region of Algeciras with between six and eight bullets resting in their bodies. Milciades Cano Trujillo and Nancy Vargas were a married couple who were active in the local peasant farmer organisation ATCH and were members of the Patriotic March. read more



UCU call on Colombian university to uphold principles of institutional autonomy and academic freedom

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The Colombian academic Dr. Miguel Angel Beltran who spent two years in a Colombian jail on false charges of rebellion was recently banned from teaching in public universities after an investigation using the same discredited evidence. UCU who were central in the JFC campaign which secured his release read more



Leading Colombian academic and ex-political prisoner suffers further state persecution

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Miguel Angel Beltran, a Colombian academic who was imprisoned for over two years on false charges of rebellion, was recently suspended from serving as a lecturer in Colombian universities after administrative sanctions were brought against him using the same evidence shown to be flawed by legal courts. This is read more



Update on the Progress of the Peace Talks

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 3 October 2013

Progress in the Peace Negotiations Today, 3 October, the 14th round of talks between the FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government began in Havana, Cuba. The last two joint communiqués (August 28 and September 19) have shown that the delegations are still discussing point 2 of the agenda read more



Transport sector trade unionist killed in south-western Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 3 October 2013

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Human rights activist killed in Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 3 October 2013

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Open Letter of Thanks from Imprisoned Leader, Huber Ballesteros

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 3 October 2013

Imprisoned trade union leader, Huber Ballesteros, sent the below letter of thanks to all the trade unions, social and political organisations that have petitioned and campaigned for his freedom. In the letter, written in La Picota prison in Bogota, Mr Ballesteros states that he has been 'moved, even to tears' read more



Unity and solidarity lead to USO victory in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The following article is taken from Industriall Global Union which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors. For original article see here. After almost 2 months of negotiations between the North American multinational CB&I (Chicago Bridge and Iron) and the Union read more



Letter from HRW to EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Below an extremely detailed letter from Human Rights Watch to Catherine Ashton, Vice-President of the European Union, regarding the severe implications of Colombia's recent military justice reform and of the EU's decision to consider funding Colombia's military courts. Baroness Catherine Ashton High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs read more



Environmental Activist Assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 1 October 2013

On the evening of September 17th, Nelson Giraldo Posada, an environmental activist and member of the organisation 'Movimiento Rios Vivos', was assassinated in Ituango in spite of repeated requests to the government for his protection. Communities in the North of Antioquia have faced years of threats and violence in read more