MP tables questions on protection of unionists in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 19 December 2014

16 December 2014 Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Colombian authorities read more

Police kill peasant in northeast Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 19 December 2014

On Sunday 14 December, in the State of Arauca, two members of the Colombian Police were seen by numerous residents to fire several shots at a man who was lying on the road after a traffic accident. Javier Ropero Pedraza, a 35-year old peasant, lived in the town of Arauquita, read more

Five FENSUAGRO activists arrested close to Bogota

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 18 December 2014

In the early morning of 17 December 2014, an operation carried out by the investigative police unit and the Army resulted in the arrest of four recognised activists in the region of Sumapaz. The Sumapaz region is at high altitude and is an important source of water which has seen read more

Historic moment as FARC announce indefinite ceasefire

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 18 December 2014

The peace process was given a massive boost yesterday as the FARC announced another ceasefire and this time have given it an indefinite timeframe. Calling on the government to reciprocate the ceasefire, the FARC have stated that they will only consider the ceasefire over if their troops come under attack. read more

JFC Quiz Winners 2014 The Annual JFC Christmas Quiz: Everyone’s a Winner!

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 15 December 2014

A huge turnout and electric atmosphere at the 2014 Justice for Colombia Quiz saw trade unions and representatives from the Parliamentary Friends of Colombia battle it out for this year’s coveted trophy. Hosted by TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and Assistant General Secretary Paul Nowak the quiz is JFC’s annual read more

Free Huber for Human Rights Day

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 10 December 2014

10th December is Human Rights Day. In collaboration with UNISON and Labour Start we released a petition calling once more for the release of Huber Ballesteros who has now been in prison for more than 14 months and has yet to face a trial. If you haven't done so already read more

Colombian TUC demands protection for regional trade unionists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 5 December 2014

In response to recent death threats in the northeastern Department of La Guajira, the Colombian TUC has issued a statement calling for the protection of trade unionists in the region. A death threat had been issued by a group claiming to be a combination of two paramilitary groups, the “Combined read more

Prisoner in critical condition as he is refused medical attention

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 December 2014

In a case which is all too common in Colombian jails, Adolfo Perdomo Troches, a prisoner in the Popayan prison in the Department of Cauca, is in a critical condition as prison authorities continue to fail to provide him with the necessary medical attention. For several weeks he complained of read more

Colombia features prominently in Foreign Office questions: FULL TEXT

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 5 December 2014

2 December 2014, FCO Questions Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South, Labour) What recent support his Department has offered to peace talks in Colombia. Hugo Swire (The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; East Devon, Conservative) The UK is a prominent supporter of the peace process and we have regular discussions read more

Scottish MSPs write Christmas cards to Colombian prisoners

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 4 December 2014

In an act of solidarity with Colombia’s political prisoners, Scottish MSPs have written Christmas cards to send to various political activists being held in Colombian jails. The act took place in follow up to an October event organised by Unite rep Paul Riley. Amongst the MSPs who signed cards read more

Peace talks resume

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 4 December 2014

On 3rd December 2014, after over two weeks during which peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian government were suspended by the Colombian government, a joint declaration announced that the peace talks would begin again on 10th December 2014. Here is the joint declaration: The delegations of the National read more

180 prisoners take part in hunger strike

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 3 December 2014

After one week of hunger strike, the 180 prisoners in the La Picota prison in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, brought their hunger strike to an end after agreements were reached with the prison authorities. La Picota is where two political prisoners which JFC supporters will know well, David Ravelo and read more

Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary and JFC Vice-Chair Latin America Conference 2014!

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 3 December 2014

A huge thanks to everybody who visited the JFC stand or attended our workshop on Saturday at the Latin America Conference. There was a great turnout at the JFC mid-morning workshop and both informative and passionate presentations from ASLEF’s Tosh McDonald, NUT’s Christine Blower, and the Associate Editor of the read more

Haldane Socialist Lawyer magazine publishes series of articles on Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Haldane Society of Socialists Lawyers has continued its excellent support for justice in Colombia with a series of articles in its monthly magazine, Socialist Lawyer. Included is an article written by Camilo Insuasty Obando, son of political prisoner Liliany Obando, speaking about the experience of visiting his mother in read more

VIDEO: Foreign Office questions see widespread concerns expressed on Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 2 December 2014

In the House of Commons debate today, 2 December 2014, concerns for the continuing human rights crisis in Colombia were emphasised from across the floor. You can see a video of the questions here: read more