MPs Reiterate Call to Foreign Office to Speak Out on Colombian Political Prisoners

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 30 April 2009

Six Labour MPs who recently returned from a JFC delegation to Colombia have added their names to the call for British Foreign Office Minister Gillian Merron to speak out about the plight of Colombia's political prisoners. Over 60 politicians, trade union leaders, lawyers, academics and Labour Party figures wrote read more



Colombian Army Still Working with Illegal Paramilitary Death Squads

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 30 April 2009

Three cases in as many months of collaboration between the Colombian Army and paramilitary groups which the Colombian regime say have disbanded have undermined claims that the state security forces no longer work with the illegal death squads responsible for so many of the human rights violations in the Colombian read more



Colombian Opposition Activist Murdered, Numerous Others Receive Death Threats

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 30 April 2009

A leading member of the Democratic Pole opposition party in Colombia has been gunned down in front of his home in the city of Cartagena. Sixto Guillermo Asprilla, who was also known for his work with Afro-Colombian communities, was shot dead at around 7pm on April 28th as he read more



Former British Ambassador to Colombia Credits Policy Change to JFC

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 29 April 2009

A former British Ambassador to Colombia, Sir Keith Morris, has told a meeting at the Canning House think tank in London that he thinks that the recent reduction in UK military aid to Colombia was as a result of the "strong pressure" applied by Justice for Colombia. Sir Keith, read more



JFC Event in Brussels

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Justice for Colombia is tomorrow participating in a debate hosted by various MEPs in the European Parliament in Brussels about the proposed Free Trade Agreement between Colombia and the European Union. Mariela Kohon of Justice for Colombia will be chairing the event at which speakers from the EU, Colombia read more



Paramilitaries Abuses Continue in Colombian Region of Catatumbo

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 28 April 2009

A paramilitary death squad that locals report is working alongside of the 23rd Mobile Brigade of the Colombian Army in the region of Catatumbo on Colombia's border with Venezuela has forcibly disappeared one man and threatened to kill several other people. Pablo Emilio Gonzalez Monsalve, who lived in the read more



British Spy Loses Secrets on Colombian Bus

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 27 April 2009

The Sunday Times has revealed how a British undercover agent lost a memory stick containing key intelligence data whilst on a bus at Bogota airport. According to the paper, which severely criticises how the incident was dealt with by the British authorities, the loss meant that millions of read more



Bar Human Rights Committee Calls for Freedom for Colombian Political Prisoners

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 27 April 2009

The Chairman on the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) has written to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe calling for the "immediate and unconditional" release of two political prisoners saying that one "has been targeted as a result of his legitimate work in the defence of human rights" whilst the charges laid read more



Colombian Human Rights Activists Threatened for Denouncing Army Killings

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 26 April 2009

Three leading human rights activists in the Colombian region of Huila have received death threats telling them they must abandon their homes within 24 hours or be killed. The three, all members of Colombia's principle human rights organisation, the Permanent Committee for Human Rights (CPDH), are involved in documenting read more



Colombian Soldiers Raid Home of Journalist

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 25 April 2009

Members of the Colombian Army have raided the home of veteran Colombian journalist and writer Gustavo Alvarez Gardeazabul in what he has described as an attempt to intimidate him. At least six soldiers in civilian clothes but brandishing guns forced their way into the home of the 70-year-old journalist read more



Leaked Colombian Government Report Says Nearly 50,000 People Disappeared

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 24 April 2009

A report from the Colombian Attorney General's office says that there are 49,902 individual cases of forced disappearances in Colombia that have yet to be solved – a number far higher than the Colombian authorities have ever publicly acknowledged. The new figure, which came to light after the internal read more



Civilians Killed in Crossfire as Fighting Rages Colombian Region of Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 24 April 2009

At least one civilian has been killed and ten others wounded as leftwing FARC guerrillas battle soldiers and paramilitaries in two municipalities of Cauca department in southern Colombia. Large numbers of civilians are believed to have fled the region as a result of the fighting whilst others have been read more



Paramilitaries Murder Trade Unionist Next to Police Checkpoint

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 April 2009

A trade union activist and high profile community leader was yesterday assassinated in the central Colombian region of Bolivar in an attack which local police officers appear to have been complicit in. Officers had prevented Edgar Martinez from leaving the town of San Pablo by the road that he read more



Dublin Hosts First JFC Ireland Public Meeting

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 23 April 2009

Over 30 people attending the first public meeting of Justice for Colombia Ireland in Dublin on April 22nd heard from guest speaker Juan Cambindo Cueno, a Colombian trade unionist who played a leading role in last year's sugarcane workers strike in Colombia. Held in the headquarters of SIPTU, the read more



Teacher Killed in Colombia after Reports of Joint Army/Paramilitary Operations

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 April 2009

A 39-year-old school teacher has been shot dead by unidentified assassins in the Alto Naya region of Colombia in the latest in a series of attacks in the area. Reports from the 'Justice and Peace' Commission, a Catholic Human Rights group with a presence in Cauca department, where Alto read more



BBC: Colombia’s displaced rises 25%

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 April 2009

The BBC has today reported on a new study in Colombia showing a 25% increase in forced displacement in Colombia. News of the study, produced by the internationally respected Colombian human rights NGO known as CODHES, appeared on this site yesterday. read more



BBC: Colombia drug lord ‘funded Uribe’

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 April 2009

The BBC has reported on explosive allegations in Colombia that a senior paramilitary commander and drugs trafficker made large donations to the election campaign of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. Diego Fernando Murillo, more famously known by his alias 'Don Berna', took over from Pablo Escobar as the major read more



Over 380,000 Colombians Forced From Homes During 2008

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 22 April 2009

A new report from Colombia's leading displacement research organisation says that more than 380,000 people were forced from their homes by violence last year – a 24.5% increase over 2007. In their report CODHES, the internationally respected NGO, says that since 1985 a total of 4.6 million people have read more



Further Attacks on Indigenous Colombians as Indigenous Leader Gunned Down

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 22 April 2009

A leader of the Pioya indigenous reserve in the southern Colombian region of Cauca has been assassinated after armed men forced their way into his home and shot him in the chest. Poliodoro Casso was murdered just three days after a paramilitary death list appeared in the region containing read more



Police Repression Forces Striking Workers Back to Work

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 21 April 2009

A brutal attack by over 700 police officers backed by tanks against striking railway workers on Sunday has forced an end to a month-long strike by workers employed by FENOCO, a subsidiary of US mining multinational Drummond. The workers, who operate the railway that links Drummond-owned coal mines in read more



Colombian Embassy Launches PR Offensive, JFC Cited as Cause

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 21 April 2009

In an effort to improve the country's image, the Colombian Embassy in London has launched a public relations initiative that will attempt to draw attention away from negative reports of widespread human rights abuses and cocaine trafficking. Colombian press reports say that the initiative was started as a direct read more



Religious Group Accuses Army of Working with Paramilitary Death Squad in Southern Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 21 April 2009

A new report from a leading Colombian human rights group linked to the Church says that a paramilitary death squad is harassing, killing and torturing civilians in the region of Putumayo "in the full light of day under the noses of the authorities" and that paramilitaries are permitted to circulate read more



Paramilitaries Murder Indigenous Man

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 20 April 2009

A paramilitary death squad in the southern Colombian region of Narino has assassinated 26-year-old Luis Alberto Cuasaluzan according to the National Indigenous Organisation of Colombia (ONIC). Mr Cuasaluzan was a member of the Awa indigenous group and was killed during a paramilitary operation around the villages of El Diviso read more



MEP Calls for More Action on Colombian Human Rights

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 20 April 2009

In a statement today the Chair of the European Parliament's Human Rights Committee, French MEP Helene Flautre, has called on the EU to "act more boldly and robustly in its defence of human rights in Colombia". In her statement Ms Flautre points out that the situation in Colombia remains read more



Colombian Trade Unionist Forced to Stay in Her House as Armed Men Attempt to Burn it Down

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 20 April 2009

The treasurer of the ASOGRAS trade union in Colombia was nearly burnt to death after heavily armed masked men arrived at her house on Saturday 18th April and told her to stay indoors whilst they attempted to set her home alight. Rosendo Duarte, who is also a member of read more



Former Congressman Assassinated as Paramilitaries Issue Threats in Colombian Coffee Growing Region

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 20 April 2009

A former member of the Colombian Congress who was a key witness against a politician suspected of murdering his rival has been killed in the city of Armenia, the capital of the Colombian coffee growing region of Quindio. A paramilitary group operating in the region has also been extremely read more



No End to Drummond Strike in Sight, Further Attacks on Workers

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 18 April 2009

Workers at a railway owned by the US mining multinational Drummond have entered the fourth week of a strike which has prevented the company from moving huge quantities of coal from their inland mine to the Caribbean Coast for export. Rather than negotiate with the trade union involved, the read more



Victims Leader Assassinated in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 16 April 2009

The leader of an organisation that helped victims of paramilitary violence in the Colombian region of Cordoba has been shot dead after receiving a number of anonymous death threats in recent weeks. Ana Isabel Gomez Perez, the leader of the Committee of Victims of Violence in Cordoba (COMFAVIC), was read more



FCO faces new criticism over Colombia aid

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 16 April 2009

Tribune Magazine has run this article about the recent Justice for Colombia delegation to Colombia. read more



JFC Delegation Report

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 15 April 2009

David Drever, the President of the Educational Institute of Scotland, was one of those who participated in the recent JFC delegation of trade unionists and parliamentarians to Colombia. He has written the following article for the EIS journal which will be sent out to more than 60,000 Scottish teachers: read more



Fact-Finding Mission “Shocked”

Justice For Colombia News | on: Sunday, 12 April 2009

The Inter-Press Service has carried a long article about the recent Justice for Colombia delegation of trade unionists and parliamentarians to Colombia. Read it here. read more



JFC Delegation Statement

Justice For Colombia News | on: Saturday, 11 April 2009

The Justice for Colombia delegation of parliamentarians and trade unionists has returned home safely after an intense week in Colombia during which they met with a wide range of civil society representatives as well as with senior members of the Colombian Government, including President Alvaro Uribe. On their final read more



FCO’s contradictory statements on Colombia ‘may have misled MPs’

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 9 April 2009

Tribune Magazine has run this article based on a dossier put together by Justice for Colombia highlighting inconsistencies in the British Government's policy towards Colombia. read more



TAKE ACTION: Trade Unionist in Grave Danger

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Justice for Colombia hopes that supporters will send messages to the Colombian authorities demanding that measures be taken to protect the life of trade union leader David Martinez who lives in the Colombian region of Meta. The life of Mr Martinez, the Vice President of the SINTRAGRIM trade union, is read more



Over 62,000 Killed in Colombia Since 2005 Says European Union

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 6 April 2009

A new study of the Colombian judicial system by the European Union says that over 62,000 people have been murdered in Colombia since the beginning of 2005 and that in only 1,699 cases was anyone convicted of the crime. In what the EU describes as "massive impunity" the report read more



Regional Trade Union President Shot Dead, Daughter Wounded

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 5 April 2009

The leader of the teachers' trade union SITRAENAL in the north western Colombian department of Cordoba was yesterday shot dead in front of his house. His teenage daughter, who was standing with him at the time of the attack, was badly injured. Hernan Polo Barrera, the regional president read more



Yet Another Opposition Senator Targeted for Supposed FARC Links in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 5 April 2009

In a new attempt to 'criminalise' members of the political opposition, Colombian officials have asked the Supreme Court to open an investigation into opposition Senator Jaime Dussan for links to the leftwing FARC guerrilla insurgency. Dussan, of the Democratic Pole opposition party, is the fifth senior member of the read more



Striking Workers Brutally Attacked by Colombian Police

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 5 April 2009

Striking union members and local residents in the mining communities where their strike is centred have been subjected to brutal repression by Colombian riot police leaving several people badly injured. The strike, by workers employed by FENOCO, a subsidiary of mining multinationals Drummond and Glencore, has closed down a read more



Ongoing Attacks Against Colombian Lawyers

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 4 April 2009

The past month have seen a series of threats issued by rightwing paramilitary groups against several Colombian lawyers as well as an extremely concerning incident in which unidentified men attempted to abduct a leading human rights lawyer in broad daylight from central Bogota. In another incident sensitive documents detailing read more



JFC Delegation Arrives in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 3 April 2009

A Justice for Colombia delegation made up of British Members of Parliament and trade union leaders yesterday arrived in Colombia on a fact-finding mission that was joined by several trade unionists from the United States. The group intends to look into the human rights situation in Colombia with a read more



Response from Justice to Colombia to the Foreign Secretary's Statement on Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 3 April 2009

Positive First Step but Bulk of UK Military Aid to Continue - All Military Aid Must EndJustice for Colombia (JFC) welcomes the move by the Government earlier this week to end some of the UK military aid programme to Colombia. We recognise and are very grateful for the work read more



Another Massacre as New Report Says Army Executing Civilians in Colombian Region of Arauca

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 2 April 2009

Three men have been massacred in the Colombian department of Arauca just days after the release of a new human rights report focusing on the region that accuses the Colombian Army of carrying out widespread killings of civilians in the area. The three were killed at around 10.30am on read more



LA Times Highlights Colombia’s Political Prisoners

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 2 April 2009

Today's Los Angeles Times has an excellent article about the plight of those criminalised and jailed in Colombia for speaking out against the regime. The paper highlights the case of human rights activist Carmelo Agamez who has been in jail for five months without even being told what the read more



Five Trade Unionists Assassinated in Colombia During March

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 1 April 2009

The murders of five trade unionists during March made it the most dangerous month so far for trade union activists in Colombia. Added to the four assassinations in January and three in February the total for the year now stands at 12 – an average of one killing each read more