MPs Write to President Santos Concerned for Congressman Ivan Cepeda

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 30 November 2012

The Parliamentary Friends of Colombia Group, grouping more than 80 MPs and Peers have written to President Santos outlining their concerns for the safety of Congressman Ivan Cepeda and other human rights defenders who received a death threat last week. To see the letter please see the document on read more



TUC Expresses Regret at Support for EU-Colombia Trade Agreement

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The European Parliament International Trade Committee has voted in favour of the EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, following years of campaigning by JFC, unions and NGOs to block it on human rights grounds. The TUC has expressed its regret at the decision. See below for their statement. The FTA will now read more



Community Leader Assassinated in front of Grandson

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Onías Rodríguez, a surviving member of the Patriotic Union, an opposition political party almost entirely wiped out in the 1980s and 90s was shot dead yesterday, November 26th at 8pm on his doorstep as he was leaving his house with his grandson. Onias had been a councillor for the Patriotic read more



FARC and Colombian Government Announce Initial Civil Society Participation

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 26 November 2012

On Saturday 24th November, the negotiating teams of the Colombian government and the FARC jointly announced a mechanism for civil society participation in the first point on the agenda for peace talks; “Integral Agrarian reform”. Participation will take place through a forum on agrarian development policy, to be carried out read more



Eight Patriotic March Members Detained

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 26 November 2012

On 24th November, eight members of the Patriotic March movement were detained, accused of links to the FARC. The detained, held in prison in Manizales, include the academic Carlos Andrés Ospina, the teachers Johan David Ruiz, Alexander Pérez, Vladimir Castaño and Julio Cesar Murillo and the doctors, Liliana Blandón, read more



Colombian Defence Minister Accused of Sabotaging Peace Process

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 26 November 2012

Colombian Minister of Defense Juan Manuel Pinzon has been accused by the FARC of attempting to sabotage the peace process. In a statement November 24th, the FARC accused Pinzon of sabotage and calling him a “Minister of War”. The accusation followed Pinzon’s criticism of the FARC’s request to the US read more



Colombian Public Service Hunger Strike Lifted

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 26 November 2012

On Friday 23rd November members of public service union SINTRAEMDES in Pereira lifted their hunger strike, after 10 days protest. According to the union, they were able to “arrive at a just agreement to avoid the violation of the rights of colleagues at MULTISERVICIOS”. Members of the union had read more



UNISON Supports Colombian Public Service Union Hunger Strike

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 23 November 2012

On Friday 23rd November, UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector union, representing over 1.3 million workers, has released a statement in support of the SINTRAEMDES public service union hunger strike in Pereira. Members of the union have been on hunger strike since 13th November in protest at the read more



Congressman Ivan Cepeda Receives Paramilitary Death Threat

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 23 November 2012

On Friday 23rd November, the Anti-restitution army paramilitary group, released a threat against Congressman Ivan Cepeda, leading member of Colombians for Peace and national spokesperson for MOVICE, the Colombian National Movement of Victims of State Crimes, and against nine other human rights defenders. In the threat, the group says its read more



Trade Unionists on Hunger Strike in Pereira

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Four leading members of SINTRAEMSDES, the Colombian union of public and autonomous services, have been on hunger strike in Pereira since 13th November. The workers are protesting against the decision of Pereira’s Mayor, Enrique Vásquez, to close down Multiservicios, a public company, which will result in 200 workers losing their read more



Inter-American Commission Criticises Military Justice Reform

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 21 November 2012

On 16th November, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) fiercely criticised the constitutional reform being pushed by the Santos administration to widen the jurisdiction of the military courts, currently being debated in Colombia’s congress. Leading members of the IACHR, including the President José de Jesús Orozco and Executive Secretary, read more



Academic Assassinated in Quindio, Armenia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 20 November 2012

On 20th November in Alejandria, north of Armenia, 68 year old Colombian academic Olga Cadena Corrales, was brutally murdered in her home by unknown assailants who apparently suffocated her. Ms Cadena Corrales was a history lecturer at the Quindio State University and had also taught at the Gran read more



FARC Agree Unilateral Ceasefire

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The FARC has agreed to a unilateral ceasefire over the Christmas period, starting today until 20th January 2013, heralding the first break in military operations for the armed group in over 10 years. The ceasefire is a positive response by the FARC to the request by Colombians for Peace made read more



Patriotic March Leader Disappeared

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Miguel Ángel Pabón, a leading activist in the Patriotic March social and political movement, has disappeared and colleagues have voiced serious concerns for his safety. He was last seen on Wednesday 31st October, at a community meeting in Los Acacios, Magdalena Medio. Local residents have searched the area, to no read more



Northern Ireland Delegation Photos on JFC Tumblr

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 20 November 2012

This month JFC organised a cross-party peace delegation of politicians and trade unionists from Northern Ireland to Colombia in order to see the conflict and human rights situation firsthand and share their own experiences of the Northern Ireland peace process. The group met with President Santos, addressed the plenary of read more



JFC and Director Mariela Kohon nominated Best Human Rights Organisation and Campaigner 2012

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 19 November 2012

Justice for Colombia has been nominated Best Human Rights Organisation for the Latin UK Awards (LUKAS) 2012 and our Director, Mariela Kohon, has been nominated best human rights campaigner. Voting for nominees opened on November 15th and the live awards ceremony will take place in March 2013. Winning the award read more



Patriotic March Member Assassinated in Soacha

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 16 November 2012

On 10th November 2012 at around 08.30am in Soacha, Bogota, Edgar Sánchez Paredes, member of the Patriotic March social and political movement, was shot dead by two unidentified men, as he left a café where he met regularly with his friends. Edgar was also a member of the Soacha read more



JFC STATEMENT: 14 NOVEMBER 2012

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Ahead of Monday’s peace talks between Colombia’sgovernment and FARC, campaign organisation Justice for Colombia took a group of cross party politicians from Northern Ireland to Colombia last week to share experiences from the NI peace process. The group travelled to the heart of the conflict to meet with victims read more



Paramilitaries Massacre 10 Farm Workers in Antioquia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 12 November 2012

On Wednesday 7th November, 10 farm workers were murdered by paramilitaries in Santa Rosas de Osos, in the department of Antioquia, as they finished their day’s work harvesting tomatoes. The 9 men and 1 woman were riddled with bullets and a grenade was thrown at their corpses. The crime is read more



JFC Delegation Huge Success

Justice For Colombia News | on: Sunday, 11 November 2012

Last night a JFC organised delegation of senior politicians and trade union leaders from Northern Ireland arrived back after 6 days in Colombia. The group, including representatives from the DUP, UUP, Sinn Fein, SDLP parties and trade unions spent the week meeting with victims groups, trade unions, politicians from all read more



JFC Cross-party Northern Ireland Peace Delegation to Address Colombian Congress

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 5 November 2012

This morning, a JFC led all-party delegation of Northern Ireland politicians and trade union leaders will start their week in Colombia in order to share their experiences of the Northern Ireland peace process, just days before peace talks between the Colombian Government and the FARC are due to start. Key read more