Womens' Rights Leader Assassinated

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 19 February 2013

On 17th February, Angélica Bello, director of the National Foundation of Defenders of the Human Rights of Women, was found dead in her home, in Codazzi, Cesar, having been shot in the mouth. Ms Bello had been working to support a new bill in the Colombian Congress against sexual violence read more



2nd Teacher Trade Unionist Assassinated In Two Weeks

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 19 February 2013

On 13th February 2013, Leonardo Garcia Morera, teacher trade unionist disappeared. Two days later his murdered body was found in Bolivar, Valle del Cauca. Mr. Garcia was a member of SUTEV, the Valle del Cauca teachers’ union, an affiliate of FECODE the Colombian teachers’ federation, and was a teacher at read more



NASUWT Nominate Omar Combita for International Solidarity Award

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 14 February 2013

The NASUWT teachers’ union has nominated Omar Combita, Colombian teacher trade unionist and political prisoner, for their annual International Solidarity Award, for “an outstanding contribution to human and trade union rights.”. Mr. Combita was nominated for the award in recognition of his “struggle in working for quality education for all read more



Abuses Continue in South Western Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 13 February 2013

The “Francisco Isaías Cifuentes” human rights NGO, (REDDHFIC) continues to document instances of intimidation, death-threats, illegal confiscation of private property, illegal detention, injury and murder of civilians in south western Colombia. The following incidents took place between the 27th January and 5th February 2013: On Sunday 27th January 2013, read more



“Cerrejon” Mine Workers on Strike Ongoing

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 11 February 2013

Since 7th February, more than 12,000 workers at the “Carbones del Cerrejon” company in Guajira, Colombia's largest coal mine, went on indefinite strike, organised by the SINTRACARBÓN coal miners’ union. The “Carbones del Cerrejón” company is owned by the transnationals BHP Billiton, Anglo American and read more



Colombian Civil Society Organisations call for bilateral ceasefire

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 11 February 2013

A coalition of high profile civil society sectors, including the CUT, Colombian Trade Union Congress, Colombians for Peace and sectors of the Church, have called for an immediate and bilateral end to hostilities and for the Colombian military to cease operations that put the civilian population at risk. read more



Congressman Ivan Cepeda Learns of Assassination Plot

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 8 February 2013

Congressman Ivan Cepeda, representative of the Democratic Pole opposition party, has received an anonymous phone call informing him of a plan for his assassination. The attack is alleged to be carried out in Bogota by an armed group from Melgar, Tolima, paid by Pedro and Santiago Gallon, part owners of read more



GMB Protest Trade Union Assassination

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 8 February 2013

GMB International Officer, Bert Schouwenburg has written to the Colombian Ambassador expressing the union's horror at the latest killing of trade union activist Juan Carlos Perez on January 29th. The letter says, "Mr Perez was, of course, just the latest in a long line of trade unionists assassinated in read more



Teacher trade unionist assassinated

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 8 February 2013

On 30th January 2013, Elizabeth Gutiérrez, teacher trade unionist, was assassinated in Victoria, Valle del Cauca. Ms. Gutierrez was an activist in SUTEV, the teachers’ union of Valle del Cauca, affiliated to the FECODE national teachers’ union, and taught at the San Jose de Obando Institute for education. The read more



Women Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 5 February 2013

On 30th January, six women prisoners at Jamundi prison, Valle del Cauca, announced a hunger strike in protest at being denied the right to see their families. Those on strike include Jhoana Ortega, Sugey Avila, Jesenia Vega, Carmen Jimenez, Digna Luz Pinto and Claudia Amaya and two of the read more



TUC and UNISON Nominate JFC for Norway's Trade Union Rights Award

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Justice for Colombia (JFC) has been nominated by the British TUC and UNISON, the UK's largest public service union, to win the Arthur Svensson Prize for International Trade Union Rights. The award, in recognition of work to promote trade union rights or strengthen trade union organisations, has in previous years read more



Cane Cutters’ Union Leader Assassinated

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 1 February 2013

On 29th January, Juan Carlos Muñoz, union leader of the cane cutters’ sector of Sintrainagro union in Cauca, was assassinated at 5am by hit men, who waited for him on his route to work. Mr. Munoz, had been leading union organisation at the La Cabana plant, where trade unionists read more



Threats and hostilities against CPDH human rights defenders

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 1 February 2013

Diego Martinez, national executive secretary, and Jeison Pava, leading human rights lawyer, of the Permanent Committee for Human Rights (CPDH), have suffered threats and hostilities in the last weeks. On 16th January, an anonymous call was made to the CPDH head office in Bogota, asking after Mr. Pava, his timetable read more