Member of peasant organisation survives attempted assasination

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Esneider Gonzalez, a member of a local peasant organisation affiliated to the national agricultural workers’ union, FENSUAGRO, survived after he was shot at seven times. The family home of Esneider where he lived with his partner and his children had been being closely watched by unknown men for several days. read more



Peasants arbitrarily detained and tortured by the army and the police

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 26 October 2016

On August 23, 2016, in the settlement of Diamante, in the municipality of Simiti in southern Bolivar, four people were arbitrarily detained by members of the National Army. They were campesinos: Noreby Guerrero Vargas, 26 years old and father of two small children; Ruben Amos Guzman, who turned 18 the read more



Community leader murdered in southwest Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A Colombian organisation for urban and rural development, ORDEUCA, has reported the assassination of one of its leaders on the 16 October in the Cauca region. Yimer Chavez Rivera was with his wife when he was stopped on this motorbike by two hooded men, and shot. His wife was read more



Colombian army stands by as paramilitary group establishes new settlement

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó regularly denounces examples of the intimidation and abuse that its members – who believe in civil resistance and pacifism - are subjected to. The Peace Community has been running for over twenty years and is a region where the local people read more



Two activists assassinated by armed men in Antioquia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 26 October 2016

In the evening of the 13 October, two armed men broke into the house of Espolita Casinana, a 50 year old leader of an organisation for displaced persons, and shot her. Then then moved on to the home of 22 year old Lina Sierra Salcedo, a member of the read more



Resolución apoyando proceso de paz presentada en parlamento británico

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 20 October 2016

Una resolución expresando apoyo para el proceso de paz en Colombia fue presentada ayer en el Parlamento británico. La resolución fue apoyada por parlamentarios del gobierno y la oposición representando un total de cuatro partidos diferentes. La resolución subrayó la importancia del enfoque de genero y el acuerdo sobre justicia read more



Motion on Colombian Peace Process tabled in British Parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 20 October 2016

An Early day Motion has been tabled in the British Parliament expressing ongoing support for the Colombian peace process. The motion was tabled by a cross party group of MPs representing four different parties. The motion gave special recognition to the gender focus included in the agreement and to the read more



Question on Colombia by MP in British Parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 18 October 2016

13 October 2016 Mark Durkan Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle I welcome the shadow Leader of the House to her post and acknowledge her reference to the peace in Colombia and the forthcoming visit by President Santos. In that context, will the Leader of the House ensure that he read more



Santos extends bilateral ceasefire to the end of the year

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 14 October 2016

On Thursday President Santos announced that the bilateral ceasefire between the Colombian government and the FARC would be extended until the end of the year to give more time for negotiations to save the peace agreement. In a televised address, the president stated that after meeting with students - who read more



Report details rise in assassinations of LGBTI community in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 14 October 2016

A recent report has documented a rise in assassinations of members of the LGBTI community in Colombia. In 2015 110 homosexual, bisexual and transsexual people were killed in Colombia, the highest number since 2011 when 119 cases were reported. The report, written by the NGOs Colombia Diversa, Caribe Afirmativo and read more



Thousands march again for peace deal in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 13 October 2016

For the second week in a row civil society has marched for peace in the Colombian capital. Thousands marched through Bogotá carrying flowers, to demand the implementation of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC. The march was led by around five thousand members of Colombia's indigenous read more



Colombian announces formal peace talks with the ELN

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The ELN, Colombia’s second-largest guerrilla organisation, and the Colombian government announced they will start formal peace talks. They will begin on 27 October in Quito, Ecuador. Negotiations have been in an ongoing preliminary stage for over two years but the beginning of the “public phase” of formal negotiations was stalled read more



Here’s how attention to gender affected Colombia’s peace process

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 11 October 2016

By Roxanne Krystalli and Kimberly Theidon. Article originally published in The Washington Post On Friday, October 7, 2016, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to negotiate and sign peace accords with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerillas, read more



Joint Communique from Havana Peace Delegations on 7 October

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Havana, Cuba, October 7, 2016 The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP, after meeting in Havana with the guarantor countries and the Head of the Special Mission of the United Nations in Colombia, Jean Arnault, want to inform the public opinion that: 1. After almost four years of read more



Thousands march in Colombia in support of peace

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 6 October 2016

Last night in cities throughout Colombia, thousands of people marched in support of the peace process. The March for Peace was organised by student groups who has supported the Yes campaign in the plebiscite. A reported 30,000 people walked in silence through the streets of the country's capital Bogotá, wearing read more



JFC Director Mariela Kohon speaks on BBC Woman's Hour about plebiscite

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 6 October 2016

LISTEN: Colombia Peace Referendum Vote (Women's Hour/BBC) Monday 3 October, 2016 (The segment runs from 27.00-33.56) On Sunday 2nd October "the Colombian people voted not to endorse a peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's largest rebel group. It would have read more



Concerns over bilateral ceasefire, only extended until 31 October

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Despite assuring that the bilateral ceasefire between Colombian forces and the FARC would be upheld after Colombian voters rejected the peace deal in Sunday's plebiscite, President Santos stated on Tuesday that the current ceasefire would only extend for the moment until 31 October. The Ministry of Defense stated on Wednesday read more



Colombian voters reject the peace accord in close plebiscite

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 3 October 2016

Colombian voters have rejected the peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC by half a percentage point in Sunday's plebiscite. In the surprise result, No won with 50.21%, with the Yes vote gaining 49.78%. Turnout was extremely low, only around 38% or 13 million of the 35 million read more