Photo courtesy of CAJAR Three leaders of oil workers union arrested

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 23 December 2013

Three trade union leaders who are currently filing legal action against the Canadian multinational oil company Pacific Rubiales for its failure to comply with laws guaranteeing the right to organising the work place have been arrested and are facing various trumped up charges surrounding their trade union and protest activities. read more



International organisations express concern at continuing failure to return land to peasant farmers

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 20 December 2013

It is commonly agreed that the issue of land is at the centre of Colombia’s more than 60 year civil war. At its origin, Colombian rural elites used both force and political power to take land from the peasantry. After the formation of guerrilla groups in the sixties, the concentration read more



Colombia’s national victims’ movement suffers widespread threats and attacks

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 19 December 2013

The National Movement for the Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE) has member organisations in 22 of Colombia’s 32 departments and is one of the most threatened organisations in Colombia. It focuses on exposing the reality of the state violence in Colombia and on demanding justice for the crimes that have read more



Colombia’s National Victims Movement documents state paramilitary strategy

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 19 December 2013

A new report titled Peace without State Crimes was published last month by the National Movement for Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE). The report recorded in figures the impact of the state backed paramilitary strategy on the civilian population during several decades. Some of the most alarming figures recorded how read more



Hitmen break in to house of prominent peasant farmer leader

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 18 December 2013

In the northern city of Cucuta, two professional hitmen armed with pistols broke into the house of the peasant farmer leader Olga Quintero where they proceeded to gag the nanny before stealing usb drives, hard drives and computers and demanded to know the whereabouts of Ms. Quintero. Before leaving they read more



MPs write letter to Colombian President in response to removal of Colombian Mayor

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Last week the Mayor of Bogotá Gustavo Petro was removed from his office after a decision taken by the Inspector General. There has been international outrage and large protests on the streets of the capital The ability of an appointed official to remove an elected representatives from office has read more



Bogota Mayor Falls Victim to Another Right-Wing Coup in Latin America

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 December 2013

Dan Kovalik Article from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-kovalik/bogota-mayor-ousted_b_4426575.html While the press, as well as the U.S. government, will not acknowledge it, the elimination of progressive political leaders by coup d'état is taking place in Latin America with increasing frequency. The most recent casualty of such measures is Gustavo Petro, the mayor read more



JFC statement on Dismissal of Bogota Mayor, Gustavo Petro

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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Environmentalist Assassinated in Antioquia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 10 December 2013

On the morning of 30th November, Robinson David Mazo, a 22 year-old environmental activist from the Movimiento Rios Vivos (MRV) movement in Toledo in Antioquia department, was shot and killed. Two motorbikes and a suspicious truck were seen in the area soon afterwards. Mr Mazo worked as a driver and read more



Thousands protest in Colombian capital after Mayor is removed from office

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro, was yesterday removed from office following a decision taken by the country's Inspector General, Alejandro Ordoñez. The Inspector General has made a name for himself by using his position to bring controversial charges against political opponents. Gustavo Petro played a central role in denouncing read more



MPS STAND AGAINST COLOMBIA HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Press release from Parliamentary Friends of Colombia – for immediate release Sixty-one MPs have today voted against a free trade agreement with Colombia, which has not fulfilled obligations on human rights. This year, 37 human rights defenders have been murdered in the country and around 20 trade unionists. Sixteen of read more



Catatumbo peasants during the mobilisations in June Peasant Shot by Army in Catatumbo

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Jorge Eliecer Calderon Chiquillo was killed by army troops while on his way home on the evening of December 2. Mr Calderon was heading from Tibu to his home in the settlement of Miramente when he was shot and killed. The local police authorities reported to the media that Mr read more