AHERAMIGUA member survives assassination attempt in Bogota

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 15 February 2018

The AHERAMIGUA trade union organisation, which represents small-scale and rural miners, has denounced an assassination attempt on one of its members on Wednesday 14 February. Two men on a motorcycle opened fire at Germán Espinel as he walked near his home in the Ciudad Bolívar neighbourhood of Bogota. Although the read more



New report finds violence against social leaders has increased in electoral season

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 15 February 2018

A new report by Colombia's Electoral Observation Mission (MOE) has found that violence against political, social and community activists has spiked since electoral campaigning officially began. The report found that since 11 December 2017 there have been 62 cases of violence, 20 per cent the total of the previous year, read more



USO oil workers union denounces state inaction and paramilitary threat in Catatumbo

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The USO oil workers union has criticised Colombian authorities for failing to implement core terms of the 2016 peace agreement and a lack of response to the union's urgent communications. In a statement, USO said that, under the terms of the peace process, the state had committed to safeguarding read more



WOLA briefing on state and non-state violence against Colombian civilians

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Below is a briefing by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) on current human rights abuses committed by state and non-state actors in Colombia. >>>>>>>>> Dear all: Today we write you to ask that you intervene in the following human rights situations: WOLA is saddened to report read more



Sinn Fein insta al gobierno colombiano que asegure seguridad para candidatos electorales

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 13 February 2018

El vocero de Asuntos Exteriores de Sinn Féin, Seán Crowe TD, ha destacado su profunda preocupación por el proceso político en Colombia después de que la FARC tuvo que suspender su campaña política para las próximas elecciones del congreso y elecciones presidenciales debido a los ataques contra su campaña. El read more



Sinn Fein calls on Colombian Government to guarantee security for election candidates

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Seán Crowe TD, has outlined his deep concern for the political process in Colombia after the FARC had to suspend their political campaigning for the upcoming Congressional and Presidential elections due to attacks on their campaign. Deputy Seán Crowe said: “It is clear that read more



European report criticises Colombian government over peace process and paramilitarism

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The International Verification Commission of Human Rights in Colombia has criticised the Colombian government in a report which finds that only 18.5 per cent of the terms contained in the November 2016 peace agreement has been implemented. The commission is comprised of representatives of political parties from several European countries read more



Two social leaders murdered in Guapi, western Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 12 February 2018

On Friday 9 February, two social leaders, Jhonatan Cundumi Anchino and Jesus Orlando Grueso Obregón, were murdered in the Guapi region of Cauca, western Colombia. Both men were members of the National Coordinator of Coca, Poppy and Marijuana Growers (COCCAM), which has been organising crop substitution programmes stipulated in the read more



Paramilitaries kill FARC member in Antioquia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 12 February 2018

On Saturday 10 February in El Bagre, department of Antioquia, paramilitaries murdered Víctor Alfonso Sánchez Manjarrez, a demobilised FARC guerrilla who had been working on implementation of the peace agreement. Victor is at least the 41st FARC member murdered since the agreement was signed in November 2016. At least 13 read more



FARC statement of 9 Feb 2018 on suspension of political campaigning

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 9 February 2018

The successive attacks realised against the electoral campaign of the People's Alternative Revolutionary Force, FARC, in the departments of Quindío, Caquetá and Valle del Cauca, which has already produced the first injuries, including two minors, in addition to material damage to vehicles and a trade union headquarters, demonstrates the existence read more



FARC temporarily suspends electoral campaign after being targeted by incitement and violence

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 9 February 2018

The newly-formed FARC political party, the People's Alternative Revolutionary Force, has been forced to temporarily suspend its electoral campaign for upcoming legislative and presidential elections following a series of violent disturbances at public appearances. The incidents have prevented FARC political candidates such as Rodrigo Londoño (alias Timochenko) and Iván Márquez read more



41st FARC member murdered since signing of peace agreement in November 2016

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 9 February 2018

On Wednesday 7 February, the FARC released a statement that one of its members had been murdered, the 41st to be killed since the peace agreement was signed in November 2016. According to the statement, Kevin Andrés Lugo Morales (alias Julian Morales) was killed at around 11pm on Tuesday 6 read more



Social leader Sandra Yaneth Luna found dead five months after abduction

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 8 February 2018

The body of social leader and rural activist Sandra Yaneth Luna was found this week, five months after masked men abducted her from her home in Tibú, department of Norte de Santander. She had been shot three times. Sandra was a members of the Communal Action Board in the read more



Former president Uribe to be investigated over paramilitary massacres

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A Colombian court has recommended that former president Álvaro Uribe be investigated over two paramilitary massacres committed with his alleged knowledge while he was governer of the department of Antioquia in the 1990s. Both massacres occurred in the town of Ituango, one of the most violent zones in the read more



Paramilitary death threats delivered to CUT offices in Valle del Cauca

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 6 February 2018

On 15 January 2018, paramilitary death threats were delivered to the main Valle del Cauca offices of Colombia's main trade union body, the Central Unit of Workers (CUT, the national equivalent of the TUC). Signed by Gaitanista Self-Defence Forces (AGC), the pamphlet threatened individual trade unionists and social leaders for read more



Rural organiser becomes 24th social leader murdered so far in 2018

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 5 February 2018

On Wednesday 31 October, Antonio María Vargas became the 24th social leader murdered in Colombia in 2018. Although the figures around deaths of social leaders - the term typically used by Colombian media to incorporate trade unionists, land activists, human rights defenders, community organisers and political party members - fluctuate read more



Environmental activist Yolanda Maturana murdered in Risaralda

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 2 February 2018

Masked gunmen have murdered an environmental activist in Pueblo Rico, department of Risaralda, during the night of Thursday 1 February. Yolanda Maturana was at home when the attackers entered and shot her several times, according to the regional Ombudswoman. Yolanda was a prominent defender of natural resources along the border read more



Report finds Colombia to be most dangerous country in the world for human rights defenders in 2017

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 2 February 2018

The Irish NGO Front Line Defenders has published a report which found that Colombia was the most dangerous country in the world for human rights defenders in 2017, with close to half of murders of activists occurring the country. The report said: 'In Colombia,the peace agreement between the read more



Three FARC members murdered in southern Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 2 February 2018

Three members of the FARC and the young male relative of one of them were abducted and killed on Wednesday 31 January in La Florida, department of Nariño, southern Colombia. A FARC statement attributed the killings to guerrilla organisation the National Liberation Army (ELN), which has been blamed for read more