Trade Unionist Assassinated for Opposing Privatisation

Justice For Colombia News | on: Saturday, 29 December 2012

On the morning of December 22nd, trade union and opposition party activist Carlos Torres was brutally assassinated at his workplace. Mr Torres, who had formerly been a local council candidate for the Democratic Pole Party and was an active member of the telecommunications’ trade union, was one of the union’s read more



Two Political Prisoners Released

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 28 December 2012

Climaco de la Cruz and Faustino Carabali, two members of Fensuagro, the Colombian agricultural workers’ trade union, were finally freed in December after more than 15 months in prison, without being convicted of any crime. The activists were released on bail after international pressure and an appeal by their defence read more



Patriotic March Prisoners Awarded House Arrest

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 28 December 2012

On December 27th, eight imprisoned members of the Patriotic March movement were awarded house arrest. However, the case against them for “rebellion” continues. The accused include the academic Carlos Andrés Ospina, the teachers Johan David Ruiz, Alexander Pérez, Vladimir Castaño and Julio Cesar Murillo and the doctors, Liliana Blandón, Lesmer read more



Handmade Cards Irish School Students Support Political Prisoner

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 21 December 2012

Pupils at the Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine School in Kenmare, Country Kerry, Ireland have sent Christmas cards to imprisoned teacher trade unionist Omar Combita, supporting the ICTU backed campaign for his release. The campaign, coordinated by JFC and JFC Ireland is also being supported by education unions including the NASUWT, read more



Jim McGovern MP, calls for David's freedom at a protest in parliament, November 2010 UK Politicians, Trade Union Leaders and Lawyers’ Organisations, Condemn Conviction of David Rabe

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 21 December 2012

A group of over 30 parliamentarians from several political parties, as well as trade union leaders and lawyers’ organisations in the UK have signed a statement condemning the conviction of David Rabelo, Colombian human rights defender, sentenced to over 18 years. According to the signatories, “The case against Mr. Rabelo read more



Report Describes Appalling Conditions in Bogota’s prisons

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 21 December 2012

The horrendous conditions endured by the inmates of Bogota’s prisons have recently been documented in a report commissioned by the Colombian Inspector General’s Office (Procuraduria).This report is based on inspections of the capital’s three prisons – La Picota and La Modelo, the men’s prisons, and Buen Pastor, the women’s read more



UCU call for Protection for Threatened Academic

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 20 December 2012

UCU, the British University and College Union, has written to the National Pedagogic University of Colombia, calling on them to protect the life of Dr. Renan Vega, Colombian academic forced to flee the country following death threats. Dr. Vega is a university lecturer and in 2008 was awarded the “Liberator read more



Justice for Colombia Fundraising Quiz for the Patriotic March

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 20 December 2012

On 12th December, Justice for Colombia held its annual fundraising quiz, sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors, which this year raised money for the Patriotic March social and political opposition movement. Twelve teams put their knowledge to the test, including teams from trade unions ASLEF, CWU, FBU, Napo, NUJ, POA, Thompsons Solicitors, read more



Peasant Farmer Leader Assassinated

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 17 December 2012

Last Saturday evening, December 15th, peasant farmer leader Rosa Helena Bernal Pinto was brutally assassinated by unknown gunmen in Paya municipality, Morcote Region in north-western Colombia. Her body was found by neighbours late afternoon after hearing shots fired. The following day, at around 6pm near Nunchia municipality, also in the read more



Colombian Senate Approves Controversial Military Justice Reform

Justice For Colombia News | on: Saturday, 15 December 2012

On 14th December, the Colombian Senate approved a highly controversial constitutional reform, to expand the jurisdiction of military justice, in a decision condemned by international human rights organisations. The reform, promoted by the Santos government, dictates that crimes by members of the military and police must be tried in military read more



Trade Unionist Murdered Hours after EU-Colombia Trade Agreement Signed

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 14 December 2012

Just hours after MEPs voted through the EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, citing improvements in the human rights situation, leading trade union activist Milton Parra Rivas, was brutally gunned down in Puerto Gaitan, Putumayo region. Mr Parra Rivas was an operator and electrician at Termotécnica Coindustrial SA, a subcontractor of Spanish-based read more



Colombia Temporarily Removed from Inter-American Commission ‘Black List’

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 14 December 2012

On December 7th, following a visit to Colombia by representatives of the Inter American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), the organisation has temporarily removed Colombia from its “black list”. The visit was requested by the Colombian Government, as an alternative to Colombia being featured in the ‘countries of concern’ section read more



PROSPECT Supports JFC

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 14 December 2012

The trade union Prospect has published an article in its magazine following JFC's successful Northern Ireland delegation to Colombia. Click here to read it. Prospect is affiliated to JFC and has been a long-time supporter, recently inviting JFC to participate in its international seminar. Prospect was one of read more



MOVICE Launches Petition on Henry Diaz, Disappeared Trade Unionist

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 11 December 2012

MOVICE, the Colombian Movement for Victims of State Crimes, has launched a petition on Henry Diaz, as part of its campaign of national radio broadcasts on six human rights defenders. Henry Diaz was a member of MOVICE, as well as FENSUAGRO, the Colombian agricultural workers’ union, and the Patriotic March, read more



European Labour MEPs Stand up for Human Rights in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The European Parliamentary Labour Party today took the principled decision to vote with their conciences and vote no the EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. JFC has congratulated the EPLP on their decision to support trade union and human rights in Colombia and back the JFC led campaign to block the trade read more



PRESS RELEASE: Justice for Colombia Condemns EU-Colombia Trade Deal

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Justice for Colombia, the NGO of the British Trades Union Congress (TUC) supported by over 80 British MPs, that has campaigned to block the EU- Colombia Trade deal until there is a significant improvement in human rights, has expressed dismay at this morning's (Tuesday 11 December) European Parliament vote in read more



JFC and International NGO Joint Declaration on Unjust Conviction of David Rabelo

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 10 December 2012

On 4th December, David Rabelo, Colombian human rights defender imprisoned since 10th September 2010, was officially convicted of “aggravated homicide” and sentenced to more than 18 years in prison. Justice for Colombia and other international NGOs today issued a declaration publically highlighting the injustice. See below for the statement in read more



Afro Colombian Leader Assassinated

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 7 December 2012

On December 1st, Miller Angulo, human rights defender and afro Colombian community leader was assassinated in Tumaco, Narino Department by armed men on a motorbike who shot him seven times. The 33 year old leaves behind a wife and two children. Miller was a member of AFRODES, the read more



David Rabelo Unjustly Sentenced to 18 years

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 6 December 2012

David Rabelo, Colombian human rights defender imprisoned since 10th September 2010, has been convicted of “aggravated homicide” and sentenced to more than 18 years in prison. After being detained for more than two years, and numerous delays, the verdict was made official on December 4th. The case against David was read more