Frances O'Grady (TUC), Vicky Phillips (Thompsons), and Lesley Mercer (CSP) at Women's TUC ICTU, Women's TUC, Call for Liliany Protection

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 26 March 2012

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has written to the Colombian embassy requesting that the Colombian government provide urgent protection to recently-released political prisoner Liliany Obando. The letter also requests that the government act to end false accusations against her. The letter from David Begg, the General Secretary of the read more



LabourStart Launches Colombia Petition

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 21 March 2012

LabourStart, the union activism campaign has launched a Colombia campaign (click here) based on the case of the 51 Cali municipality workers fired in 2004 for belonging to the SINTRAEMCALI union. The launch was hindered by an incident which has seen LabourStart accuse the Colombian government of blocking some read more



Liliany Obando with Rob Flello MP upon her release Liliany Obando Under Threat!

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Colombian human rights defenders have called on the government to provide protection to Liliany Obando and her family after she was photographed and followed by unknown men in Bogota. Liliany Obando, a trade unionist and human rights defender, was released from prison on March 1st 2012 after 3 years in read more



Unison Demands Colombia Respect Human Rights

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 19 March 2012

Unison, the public sector workers’ union has written to president Santos to protest at his government’s failure to address Colombia’s terrible human rights record. The letter insists that President Santos “live up to your promise” since taking office and address the “terrible human rights record of your government.” In the read more



Former Mayor and Peace-Campaigning Journalist Assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 19 March 2012

On March 15th Argemiro Cardenas Agudelo was shot in Dosquebradas, Riseralda province. His killers shot him 7 times. Mr Cardenas was a well known figure in the town, having once been its mayor, and continuing to be active as a radio journalist. He was also active as the coordinator of read more



Colombia Visit Leaves Deep Impressions

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 16 March 2012

Delegates of the 2012 JFC delegation to Colombia have been deeply impressed by the situation they witnessed in Colombia. Several of the delegates kept fascinating delegation diaries, and others have written about their experiences since returning to the UK. The delegates met with representatives of a broad spectrum of Colombian read more



Interview with a Free Liliany Obando

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 7 March 2012

JFC's interview with Liliany Obando on the day after her release from prison following a 3 year campaign by JFC. In it she thanks everyone who participated in the campaign and speaks of her determination to continue the struggle for those political prisoners that remain behind bars. To see the read more


Interview with Liliany Obando the day after her release from El Buen Pastor women's prison in Bogota.


Image from: http://yfrog.com/oeio3idj - The poster from the march states that victims were not consulted while the law was being considered. Victims Hold March to Commemorate and Protest State Crimes

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The MOVICE national victims’ movement has called March 6th the “international day of victims of state crimes in Colombia.” In order to commemorate the victims of state crimes it held a march in Monteria and Villavicencio, two towns severely affected by paramilitarism and violence. MOVICE also held events in other read more



TUC Statement in support of MOVICE 6th March 2012 demonstration

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 6 March 2012

TUC Statement in support of MOVICE 6th March 2012 demonstration On behalf of the TUC, British trade union Confederation, I would like to express my sincere solidarity with all those participating in the MOVICE march today, 6th March 2012, marking the international day of the victims of state crimes in read more



Declaración de solidaridad de la TUC en apoyo de la marcha del MOVICE del 6 Marzo 2012.

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Declaración de la TUC, confederación sindical británica, en apoyo de la marcha del MOVICE del 6 Marzo 2012. De parte del TUC, la confederación sindical británica, me gustaría expresar mi sincera solidaridad con todos los que participan en la marcha de MOVICE hoy, 6 Marzo 2012, en celebración read more



Liliany Obando is Free!

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 5 March 2012

Liliany Obando is Free! At 8.30pm on 1st March 2012, Liliany Obando, Colombian trade unionist, academic and human rights defender, was freed after being detained for more than 3 years and 6 months in the Buen Pastor Prison, Bogota. A crowd of Colombian and international supporters, read more