Another FARC member killed in Putumayo

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

Unidentified armed men killed demobilised FARC member Oscar Arango Palacio in Puerto Guzmán, department of Putumayo, on 29 October. It is the latest murder in a wave of violence that has targeted people for association with the FARC despite its transition to a formal political party under the terms of read more



Second crop substitution organiser murdered in one week in Antioquia

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

On 27 October, Ramón Alcides García Zapata was killed while travelling home to the village of Alto de Chirí in Briceño, department of Antioquia. Ramón was coordinating crop substitution programmes in the region and was a member of the North Antioquia Committee of Boat Operators (ASOCBARE) and political organisation the read more



Catatumbo organisations criticise aggressive state response to national strike

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

Strike organisers in the department of Catatumbo have condemned authorities' response to the national strike currently taking place across Colombia. In a joint statement, the Catatumbo Peasant Association, the National Coordinator of Coca, Poppy and Marijuana Growers and the Patriotic March said that state forces have repressed demonstrations, while the read more



UNESCO director condemns Colombian police killing of indigenous journalist

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

UNESCO's director general Irina Bokova has condemned the killing by Colombian riot police of indigenous journalist Efigenia Vásquez, which occurred in Cauca on 8 October, and encouraged the Colombian government to conduct a full investigation. Bokova said: 'I condemn the killing of Efigenia Vásquez Astudillo. I call on the read more



Colombian ESMAD riot police attack strike demonstrators

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 27 October 2017

Armed ESMAD riot police have attacked Colombian demonstrators in areas affected by a nationwide strike that began on Monday 23 October. Clashes have been particularly strong in the departments of Catatumbo, Cauca and Nariño. Strike organisers are demanding that the government fulfil obligations agreed under the terms of the 2016 read more



Three members of same family killed in Meta

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 26 October 2017

Three members of the same indigenous family have been murdered in the village of Esperanza in Meta. Diana Marcela Calvo Rojas and her cousin Robinson Rojas were found dead in the same area. Shortly afterwards, on Thursday 26 October, Diana's husband Diego Ferney Pilcue was also found. All three had read more



Intruders raid offices of independent news outlet Prensa Rural

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 26 October 2017

In the early hours of Wednesday 25 October, unidentified assailants broke into the offices of Colombian independent news outlet Prensa Rural (Rural Press), located in the Teusaquillo neighbourhood of Bogota. Although other organisations are based in the same building, the intruders only entered the Prensa Rural office. Once inside, they read more



Indigenous governor murdered in Chocó

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 26 October 2017

An indigenous community leader is the latest political activist murdered in Colombia, continuing a recent wave of violence targeting those engaged in political or social organising. Aulio Isarama Forastero was governor of the Catru, Dubaza, Ancoso indigenous community in Alto Baudó, department of Chocó. On Tuesday 24 October, unknown men read more



Social movements begin national strike over government's peace process failings

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Social movements across Colombia began an 'indefinite' national strike on Monday 23 October, over what they say are government failures to implement land reform and crop substitution programmes agreed under the terms of the 2016 peace process. Among the core elements of the strike is the government's continuation of forced read more



Social leader murdered in Antioquia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

On Sunday 22 October, paramilitaries killed social leader and activist Miguel Pérez in Taraza, department of Antioquia. Miguel was highly active in the community as a member of the Peasant Farmer Association of Bajo Cauca, of the COCCAM crop growers association, the National Association of Peasant Farmer Reserve Zones (ANZORC) read more



Two indigenous men murdered by paramilitaries in Nariño

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 24 October 2017

On 16 October, two indigenous men, Alirio Taicus Sabala and his son Geovanny Sabala Quistial were killed by attackers who, according to witnesses, were driving a Renault 9 and opened fire without warning. The killings continue a recent wave of violence in Nariño, southern Colombia. In 2016, two more of read more



Former FARC member killed in Cauca

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The murder of former FARC member Henry Meneses Ruiz on Friday 20 October means that at least 37 demobilised guerrillas have now been killed in seven months, according to Colombia's National Human Rights Coordinator, Cristian Delgado. Meneses Ruiz's death in Cauca caused Delgado to call on the government to ensure read more



Questions on Colombia in Westminster

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 23 October 2017

Here are some recent written questions tabled by British MPs in relation to Colombia: 16 October 2017 Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what read more



Paramilitaries kill six former FARC guerrillas in El Charco, Nariño

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 20 October 2017

On 15 October, six former FARC guerrillas were killed in El Charco, department of Nariño. The six men killed were named as (former noms de guerre in brackets): José Miller Estupiñan Toloza (Alexis Estupiñan) Carlos Sinisterra (Kevin González) Edinson Martínez Ordoñez (Carlos “Pescadito” Perea) Duber Alberto Obando Vallecilla read more



At least four social leaders murdered in two days

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 20 October 2017

At least four political activists were killed in the space of two days this week. Among them was the community council member José Jair Cortés who was killed in Alto Mira y Frontera, site of the 5 October police massacre of at least eight civilians. José Jair had publicly denounced read more



Paramilitaries abduct and murder man in Chocó

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 19 October 2017

At 8am on 11 October, 33-year-old José Merlín Murillo was abducted from his home in Cacarica, department of Chocó, by armed members of the paramilitary organisation the Gaitanista Self-Defence Forces. His body was found a few days later in the nearby Atrato River. He had been tortured before his murder. read more



Peace Community of San José de Apartadó confirms paramilitary intimidation of local residents

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, in the Urabá region of Antioquia, which was founded by displaced peasant farmers in 1997 as a neutral sanctuary within one of Colombia's most violent regions, has released a statement denouncing the arrival of paramilitaries in the zone. According to the read more



Community leader murdered in Tumaco after denouncing police massacre of civilians

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

On Tuesday 17 October, José Jair Cortés was murdered in Tumaco, the latest political activist to be targeted in Colombia. Nobody has been arrested, a common trait in the cases of over 100 social leaders killed so far this year in Colombia. José Jair Cortés was a representative of the read more



Police attack UN observation mission at site of massacre in Tumaco

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The United Nations has condemned an incident on Sunday 8 October in which Colombian police attacked a humanitarian mission visiting the site of a recent police massacre of civilians in Tumaco, department of Nariño. The delegation was formed of representatives of the UN Office for Human Rights, the UN Verification read more



Social leader murdered in Guaviare

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Unidentified gunmen killed rural social leader Jimmy Medina in San José, department of Guaviare, on 3 October. The 32-year-old was vice-president of the Communal Action Board of the village of Capricho and a member of the political organisation Patriotic March. At the time of his death, he had been coordinating read more



Police kill indigenous woman journalist in Cauca

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 9 October 2017

On 8 October, Colombia's ESMAD riot police killed 37-year-old radio journalist Efigenia Vásquez Astudillo, who belonged to the indigenous Embera community of Kokonuco in the department of Cuca, southern Colombia. Efigenia worked at local station Renacer Kokonuko. Also injured were Jhon Yace and a number of other residents. The killing read more



Community appeals for help to retrieve body of indigenous leader killed by paramilitaries

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 9 October 2017

Indigenous Embera residents of Medio Baudó in the department of Chocó have appealed to authorities to intervene to retrieve the body of a local community leader and health official who was abducted and murdered by paramilitaries. Ezquivel Manyoma was taken from his home in the Dabeiba Queracito community on the read more



Police kill at least nine civilians in Tumaco, southwest Colombia

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

Colombian security forces killed at least nine unarmed peasant farmers and injured around 40 others in Tumaco, southern Colombia, on 5 October. Among the dead was a 13-year-old boy while another minor was reportedly missing. The massacre occurred following community protests over the deployment of around 1,000 security personnel to read more



Colombian NGO reports high levels of paramilitary violence in Colombia

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

Colombian NGO Somos Defensores (We are Defenders) recently published a report which found that, on average, two social leaders or human rights activists are threatened or assaulted every day in Colombia, while one is killed every three days. It attributes the violence to armed paramilitary groups which have targeted political read more



Statement by Parliamentary Friends of Colombia regarding massacre in Tumaco

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

We, the Parliamentary Friends of Colombia, are deeply concerned over reports that at least nine peasant farmers were killed and at least 40 injured allegedly by security forces on 5 October 2017 in Tumaco, department of Nariño, southern Colombia. The Parliamentary Friends of Colombia is a parliamentary group formed of read more



Declaración de grupo parlamentario británico frente masacre en Tumaco

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

Como un grupo de representantes del parlamento británico los Amigos Parlamentarios de Colombia, expresamos nuestra profunda preocupación sobre información que nos ha llegado de nueve campesinos asesinados y otros 40 lesionados por acciones de la Fuerza Pública colombiana en Tumaco, departamento de Nariño, suroccidental de Colombia. Los Amigos Parlamentarios de read more



Two social leaders tortured by paramilitaries in Antioquia.

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 5 October 2017

On 1 October 2017, paramilitaries belonging to the Gaitanist Self-Defence Forces (Autodefensas Gaitanistas, AGC) entered the community of Blanquicet in Turbo, department of Antioquia, and subjected two residents to torture. The assault followed a community leader's warning on 28 September that paramilitaries were increasingly active in the zone, primarily in read more



Trade union leader and former political prisoner Huber Ballesteros receives another death threat

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Colombian trade unionist and former political prisoner Huber Ballesteros, who visited Britain in September 2017 with Justice for Colombia to speak at the TUC National Congress, has received another death threat. It is the latest in a campaign of intimidation which has forced his family members to leave Colombia. read more



Colombian army kills rural political activist and injures others in Cauca

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 4 October 2017

On 21 September 2017, the Colombian army killed an agricultural trade unionist and injured three others near Corinto,a town in the southern department of Cauca. In the early hours, soldiers belonging to the 'Alta Montaña No. 8' Battalion entered the zone and destroyed alleged coca processing laboratories. They subsequently raidedhomes read more