Peace talks open with second guerrilla organisation, ELN

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 31 March 2016

After more than two years of exploratory talks, the Government and the ELN announced the opening of a peace process. Whilst the peace process with the largest guerrilla group the FARC has been ongoing since November 2012, official talks between the government and Colombia’s second guerrilla force had proven elusive. read more



Free Miguel! Take Action Now!

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Miguel Beltran, academic, trade unionist, peace activist... Imprisoned 2009 to 2011... Arrested again in July 2015... Help us call for his freedom! Sign the petition here! Dr Miguel Ángel Beltrán, a Colombian academic and member of the education union ASPU, was arrested on charges of rebellion in read more



Trade unionist murdered along with two more local farmers

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 29 March 2016

On 26th March 2016, three young farmers from the northern Cauca region of Colombia were leaving one of their homes when a group of four armed men burst in and opened fire against them. Omar Zambrano, Erney Alvarado and Victor Andres Florez were all killed in the attack. The three read more



Coal Mining Practices in Colombia Questioned during Energy and Climate Debate in Parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 29 March 2016

David Anderson Opposition Whip (Commons) Last Christmas saw the end of deep-mined coal in this country, and during the past year 32% of the coal imported came from Colombia. Is the Secretary of read more



Workers Uniting write letter to Colombian ambassadors about recent assassinations

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 24 March 2016

Workers Uniting, the global union which represents more than 3 million workers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, has written a letter to the Colombian ambassadors in the UK and the US to express their concern about the recent assassinations of activists and the rise in read more



30 people assassinated in the last month in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 23 March 2016

In response to the recent assassinations of activists and the rise in paramilitary violence in Colombia, Justice for Colombia have put together a list of people assassinated over the last month. This reaches a total of 30 people, of which 14 were community and political activists and 16 assassinated in read more



Peace in Colombia: the complicated finale

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Peace in Colombia: the complicated finale Originally published in the Scottish Left Review Written by Hasan Dodwell Peace talks between Colombia’s largest guerrilla group, the FARC, and the Colombian government were initiated in November 2012 after a decade in which such negotiation seemed all but impossible. Based in Havana, the read more



Two Afro descendent leaders killed by paramilitaries in Buenaventura

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Adrián Quintero, a community leader belonging to the National Coordination of Afro descendent Communities (Conafro) was assassinated on 18th March in Buenaventura. He was shot dead by paramilitaries as he came out of a shop in an area of the city controlled by the paramilitary group the “Urabeños”. Two days read more



Three young farmers killed in Sumapaz

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Three young farmers from a town in Cundinamarca Department, close to Bogotá, were found dead on 18th March. Román Alexander Carrillo (35) and brothers Jorge and Cristian Castiblanco Villaba (18 and 23) were travelling in a van delivering groceries. Their bodies were found in the Sumapaz River. Whilst authorities are read more



International Committee of the Red Cross states humanitarian crisis in prisons is unsustainable

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 21 March 2016

In their 2015 report on the humanitarian situation in Colombia the International Committee of the Red Cross stated that the humanitarian crisis in Colombian prisons was “unsustainable”. They report that as well as horrendous levels of overcrowding, the deterioration of health services in prisons “threatens to worsen conditions”. The report read more



Patriotic March women hold vigil to protest against assassination of 112 Patriotic March activists

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 21 March 2016

On Friday 18th March more than a hundred women from the social and political organisation Patriotic March held a vigil in a church in the centre of Bogotá to protest against the assassination of 112 Patriotic March activists since its creation in 2012. They lined the entrance to the Church read more



Indigenous community leader assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 21 March 2016

Luis Rodríguez Castro, an indigenous community leader has been killed in Mapiripán in the department of Meta. The area is rife with paramilitary activity, with presence of the paramilitary groups the “Gaitanistas” and the “Urabeños”. The area is also close to the palm oil plantation owned by the company Poligrow, read more



Justice for Colombia rechaza agresiones en contra de sindicalistas y organizaciones sociales

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 17 March 2016

Justice for Colombia rechaza agresiones en contra de sindicalistas y organizaciones sociales Justice for Colombia rechaza categóricamente las recientes agresiones en contra de sindicalistas y activistas políticas en Colombia. El 2 de marzo el sindicato de salud Anthoc recibió la cabeza de un perro mutilado y un panfleto amenazante. Según read more



Justice for Colombia condemns recent attacks against trade unionists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 17 March 2016

Justice for Colombia condemns recent attacks against trade unionists and political activists Justice for Colombia condemns in the harshest possible terms the recent attacks against trade unionists and political activists in Colombia. On the 2nd March, a death threat was sent along with the butchered head of a dog read more



Trade unions call nationwide strike in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 17 March 2016

A National Strike is taking place today, 17th March 2016, in Colombia. The strike has been called by the three trade union centres (the CUT, CGT and the CTC) as well as different coalitions of social movements including the Dignidades, and the Cumbre Agraria. The strike which will last for read more



Surge in attacks against social activists and trade unionists reported

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The Colombian Trades Union Congress (CUT) has denounced a wave of attacks against the trade union movement and political activists in Colombia – 5 activists have been killed in March alone and a number arbitrarily detained. Alongside these grave human rights violations, activists have reported a further series of threats: read more



Prisoners on hunger strike call on Minister of Justice to take urgent action

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Prisoners in the High Security Penitentiary of Valledupar known as La Tramacúa, who have been on hunger strike since 23rd February, are calling on the Minister of Justice Yesid Reyes to take urgent action on the issue. The prisoners in Colombia’s most notorious prison, infamous for terrible conditions, are striking read more



Parliamentary Questions on Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 15 March 2016

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El Tiempo publica entrevista con Jeffrey Donaldson

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 14 March 2016

Jeffrey Donaldson, quien participó en el proceso de paz que se llevó a cabo en Irlanda del Norte en la década del noventa, visitó a Colombia en días pasados por las negociaciones de paz de La Habana. Donaldson lo hizo junto con otros parlamentarios de la Unión Europea que vinieron read more



Number of activists arrested in recent days

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 14 March 2016

A number of activists have been arbitrarily arrested in recent days in Colombia. Rigoberto Guarin Vallejo, member of the agricultural workers’ union FENSUAGRO and the Patriotic March, was detained in Cali on 10th March after he had been summoned by a local prosecutor to close a case against him. Two read more



Another political activist killed in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 14 March 2016

Another human rights activist has been murdered in Colombia. Milton Yesid Escobar Rodriguez was shot dead by two gunmen on 11th March outside the headquarters of the Permanent Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CPDH) in the town of Arauquita. Milton was part of the security detail for Martin read more



14 year old raped and killed in Bolivar department

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 14 March 2016

A 14 year old teenage girl has been killed in Bolivar Department, northern Colombia. Sharon Marmol Tellez was last seen when she left for school in the early morning of 7th March. Her body was found with signs of torture and rape only 300 metres from her home four days read more



Peasant activist killed by paramilitaries

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 10 March 2016

On 7 March 2016, the 43-year-old human rights defender Mr William Castillo Chima was shot dead in the municipality of El Bagre, Antioquia. The murder took place just a day after another member of the organisation, Maria Arrieta Perez, received several death threats in text messages sent to her mobile read more



UNISON shows solidarity with Mothers of Soacha

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 9 March 2016

In March 2008 it was revealed that 16 young men from Soacha, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the Colombian capital, had been murdered by the Colombian Army. The young men had all been tricked into leaving their homes having been offered work and were taken hundreds of miles away read more



Paramilitaries kill four activists in one week

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Four activists have been killed in 7 days in Colombia. As the peace process continues, there is considerable concern at the implications of ongoing paramilitary violence for a potential agreement. The last two peace processes with the FARC were followed by extreme levels of paramilitary violence including the genocide of read more



Youth activist shot dead in Colombian capital

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Whilst playing football in the Soacha neighbourhood on the outskirts of Bogota, the political activist Klaus Zapata was shot dead. Klaus was a member of the youth wing of the Communist Party and was active in the struggle to protect workers’ rights and the environment. In his last written note, read more



Army shoots dead local miner

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 8 March 2016

An elderly man from the North Antioquia region of Colombia was shot dead by troops from the Colombian Army as he carried out his mining work. Jorge Luis Sánchez was, like many peasants in the region, a small-scale miner, using makeshift techniques to make a living out of the minerals read more



CANCELADO Paz y Género en Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 7 March 2016

Lamentamos informarles que el conversatorio con la Sub Comisión de Género previsto para el 8 de marzo se ha tenido que cancelar. Las dinámicas de esta etapa final de las negociaciones no han permitido a las delegadas invitadas estar presente en la fecha propuesta. Estaremos informando en caso que podamos read more



Written Questions on Colombia in Parliament

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 1 March 2016

24 February 2016 Rob Flello Labour, Stoke-on-Trent South To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart to request that he (a) take read more