Rosalba Gaviria Another Political Prisoner Absolved!

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 31 May 2011

On 30th May, political prisoner and trade unionist Rosalba Gaviria Toro was finally absolved by the Judge presiding her case after being imprisoned unjustly for over two years. The collapse of the case comes just days after another imprisoned trade unionist, Aracely Cañaveral, was released. Rosalba was jailed on read more



Carlos Arturo Castro Casas of SINTRAEMCALI Trade Unionist Shot Dead at Work

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 31 May 2011

SINTRAEMCALI, the union of the public sector workers of Cali has reported that Carlos Arturo Castro Casas, a 41 year-old engineer and father of three, was killed on May 23rd while working in the El Poblado sector of the city. The car he was travelling to a pumping station in read more



Unions Denounce Glencore for Anti-Union Activity

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 31 May 2011

The SINTRAMIENERGETICA miners’ union has reported an escalation in anti-union activity by subsidiaries of the Swiss Glencore company in Colombia. Workers at CMU, CDJ and CI Prodeco have reported that management is offering workers cash bonuses for them to leave the union, and that those who refuse are having disciplinary read more



The windscreen of the truck the children were travelling in Children Shot by Army in Caguan

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 30 May 2011

Communities in the region of Caguan, Southern Colombia, have reported an attack by army troops that left 16 civilians wounded, including several children. The civilians were travelling in a lorry on the road between Floresta and Rosal early on the evening of 9th May 2011 when they were ambushed by read more



More Than 57 Thousand Disappeared Says UN in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 28 May 2011

Christian Salazar, the Colombia representative of the UN High Commission for Human Rights has estimated that there are more than 57 thousand disappeared in Colombia. The statement came at a conference on disappearances held in Bogota on the 23rd May. Many of the disappearances involve “agents of the state and read more



Clara Lopez Democratic Pole Reports Threats

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The President of the opposition Democratic Pole party has written to the Colombian Minister of Interior to report “serious and recurring” acts of intimidation and violence against several leaders of the party. Among these acts were direct threats to the President of the Democratic Pole, Clara Lopez Obregon, that were read more



JFC at ETUC: ETUC Reiterates Position Against FTA with Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 24 May 2011

JFC and Jorge Gamboa of the CUT recently returned from a successful visit to the ETUC Congress in Athens. Whilst at the Congress Gamboa met with the UK delegation to the ETUC, as well as with union leaders from across Europe as part of JFC’s campaign on behalf of the read more



Aracely Cañaveral POLITICAL PRISONER FREED!

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 23 May 2011

Justice for Colombia is extremely pleased to announce that Aracely Cañaveral Velez, the Colombian trade unionist and political prisoner has finally been released after a national and international campaign calling for her freedom. A Judge ordered her release on May 16th. Aracely was arrested in Medellin on January 17th this read more



NGO Reports Alarming Increase in Extrajudicial Executions in 2010

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 23 May 2011

CINEP, the respected Colombian human rights NGO has published its annual report on extrajudicial executions committed by the army in Colombia. The reports documents a 58.3% increase in cases of extrajudicial executions and an increase of 69.5% in the number of victims of such executions. The report notes that the read more



Supreme Court Says Evidence from FARC Computers is Illegal

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 21 May 2011

The Colombian Supreme Court has declared that evidence from the computers allegedly belonging to murdered FARC Commander Raul Reyes being used against former Congressman Wilson Borja, does not fulfil legal prerequisites and is therefore illegal. The decision will have a huge effect on the many cases that the government opened read more



SINTRAUNICOL University Union Denounces Repression

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 20 May 2011

SINTRAUNICOL, the Colombian union of university workers and employees, has expressed its anger at the expulsion of Lina Sofia Duran, a mathematics student at the Santander Industrial University in the city of Bucaramanga. Since her expulsion on April 29th students at the university have been on hunger strike, calling on read more



Santos Recognises Existence of an Internal Armed Conflict

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 20 May 2011

President Santos’ 4th May recognition of the existence of an internal armed conflict has been welcomed by human rights organisations and peace campaigners in Colombia marking a difference from former President Uribe’s insistence that there was no conflict in Colombia. The admission came as part of the government’s efforts read more



GMB Calls on Lib Dem MEPs to Block FTA

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Bert Schouwenburg, the GMB International Officer has written to LibDem MEPs calling on them to block the EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. His letter comes after Madeleine Moon MP received a letter regarding the proposed FTA from Jeremy Browne, the LibDem Minister of State responsible for South America, in which he read more



Opposition Politician and Survivor of Patriotic Union Killed

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Argemiro Hernandez, a 51 year-old baker and member of the Democratic Pole was killed by a shot to the head on the evening of May 14th in the militarised town of Chaparral, southern Tolima department, leaving behind four orphaned children. The assassination occurred yards from Chaparral’s central marketplace as Mr read more



The badge of the brigade the soldiers referred to in the article belong to Army and Paramilitary Abuses Strike Fear into Civilian Population of Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 16 May 2011

Human rights groups in Cauca department have reported a series of abuses committed by the Colombian army in Argelia and Miranda regions between the 23rd April and the 6th May 2011. They accuse the armed forces of intimidating and threatening local people, and of working alongside paramilitary groups. On the read more



Colombian Labor Rights Lawyer in Critical Condition after Assassination Attempt

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 16 May 2011

On May 13, 2011, armed men on motorcycles fired five bullets into labor rights lawyer Hernán Darío in the heart of downtown Cali, Colombia. Mr. Darío is the lead attorney in a high-profile case defending the leaders of a group of sugarcane workers who led a labor strike in 2008 read more



Venezuela Hands Exiled Journalist to Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 10 May 2011

On April 25th the Venezuelan government deported journalist Joaquin Perez Becerra, the director of Anncol, the Sweden-based New Colombia News Agency, to Colombia at the government’s request. The Venezuelan government was informed of his arrival to Caracas on the 23rd of April, where he was arrested and after being held read more



Human Rights Hearing Exposes Army Abuses

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 7 May 2011

Between April 29th and 30th the first public human rights hearing in Cauca department was held in the town of Popayan. The hearing was called by local and national human rights organisations to highlight the increase in abuses being reported in a department that is the target of one of read more



Glenis Wilmot MEP, leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party Colombia Not a Legitimate Partner: Leader of EU Labour Party Protests Signing of FTA

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 6 May 2011

The leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, Glenis Wilmot MEP, has written to both the President of the European Commission and the EU Trade Commissioner to express disappointment with the initialling of the EU – Colombia draft free trade agreement. In the May 2nd letter she reiterates the position read more



Dr Miguel Angel Beltran Academics call for release of Colombian political prisoner, Dr Miguel Angel Beltran

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011

Over 4,000 international academics have signed an open letter to the Colombian president calling on him to order the release of Dr Miguel Angel Beltran, a Colombian academic imprisoned since May 2009 without being convicted of any crime. The letter, coordinated by the University and College Union, shows that international read more



Army Bombs Indigenous and Afrocolombian Communities Killing Three

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011

The OREWA association of indigenous groups has reported that 3 civilians were killed and 4 were severely wounded during indiscriminate bombing and strafing by the army in the Rio Sucio region of Choco on the 17th of April 2011. According to indigenous and afrocolombian sources the army overflew their settlements read more



Afrocolombians Call on Obama to Rethink FTA with Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 5 May 2011

The Black Communities Process (PCN) of Colombia has declared its opposition to the steps taken in early April by President Barack Obama and President Santos in moving forward the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The afrocolombian organisation has rejected the proposed 'Action Plan', presented by the administrations as a solution read more



Domingo Ayala, ADEMACOR President Teacher Killed in Cordoba Department

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Colombian news media have reported the killing of Lucely Florez, a teacher in Ayapel, Cordoba department.Lucely was a 28 year-old teacher member of the ADEMACOR teachers union. Reports state that she was shot by armed men riding a motorbike on the road to Palotal from Ayapel whilst walking home with read more



InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights Says Freedom of Expression ‘Seriously Hampered’ During 2010

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 1 May 2011

The April 15th IAHCR report on freedom of expression in the Americas confirmed ongoing concern at the attacks on journalists in Colombia. The report’s chapter on Colombia details the murders of 3 journalists as well as “physical violence, death threats and incidents obstructing journalists’ work during the first half of read more