Fensuagro General Secretary receives death threats

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Alirio Garcia who visited England last year to speak at the Unite conference in Brighton has been the victim of a series of suspicious activities which is causing considerable concern for his security. On 6 May 2014, two individuals arrived to the house of Mr. Garcia asking his whereabouts and read more



Colombia’s First Round Result Puts Peace Talks in Danger

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 27 May 2014

After a campaign marred by dirty tricks Colombia went to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president. Of the five candidates none won more than half of the votes counted and there will now be a second round vote on June 15 to choose between the two highest read more



Colombia activists denounce rights violations

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Colombian activists say human rights violations are continuing despite President Santos' pacifist image. Eleanor O'Hagan Last updated: 24 May 2014 09:58 read more



Congreso de Central Sindical de Gales Expresa Solidaridad con Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 22 May 2014

Ayer en el congreso de la Central Sindical de Gales, la cual representa a medio millón de trabajadores condenó la masacre que ocurrió el sábado pasado en Nariño, expresando su solidaridad con FENSUAGRO, el movimiento sindical y la Marcha Patriotica. También exigieron la libertad inmediata del compañero preso político Huber read more



Wales TUC Conference Condemns Massacre and Calls for Freedom of Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 22 May 2014

Wales TUC Conference yesterday unanimously passed an emergency statement condeming Saturday's massacre by the army of four trade union activists and calling for the freedom of imprisoned union leader Huber Ballesteros. The full text of the statement is below: This conference, representing half a million Welsh workers condemns the killing read more



US, Canadian, British and Irish Unions Condemn Massacre of Trade Unionists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 22 May 2014

Workers Uniting, the international trade union organisation grouping UNITE the Union in Britain and Ireland and the United Steelworkers in the US and Canada have written to the Colombian authorities following last Saturday's massacre by the army of four trade union activists from the agricultural workers' union FENSUAGRO, requesting that read more



Colombia’s Establishment Tearing into Itself as Elections Loom

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 21 May 2014

With first round presidential elections looming on the 25th, Colombia is reeling before a slew of allegations and counter-allegations that has seen some commentators label it ‘the dirtiest campaign ever’ in Colombia. The scandals began with the resignation of President Santos’ campaign manager, a US-resident Venezuelan called JJ Rendon. Rendon read more



Colombia Peace Talks: Ceasefire and Agreement Reached on Drugs Issue

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 21 May 2014

In another milestone of the current historic peace talks, on May 16 the negotiators reached a partial agreement on the drugs issue of the peace agenda. Some of the knottier issues remain to be resolved in the last stage of the talks, hence the partial agreement. The agreement comes as read more



US Senator Statement on Two Year Anniversary of U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 21 May 2014

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Four trade union members killed in Army massacre

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 18 May 2014

In the early morning of Saturday 17 May, in the southwestern state of Nariño, soldiers from the VI Division of the Colombian Army shot dead four trade unionists, members of FENSUAGRO agricultural workers' union - a group of friends, including a 15 year old boy, who had stayed together in read more



Translated Interview with Jeffrey Donaldson MP

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 14 May 2014

translated article: ‘A ceasefire in Colombia would create a much better negotiating atmosphere’ 14 May 2014 30 years ago he was a soldier of the Ulster Defence Regiment which defended the interests of the Protestant majority that wanted to continue being part of the United Kingdom as against the Catholics read more



Trade Unionist Killed

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 14 May 2014

SINTRAINAGRO the agricultural workers' union, has reported the assassination on May 9 of Tomas Rodriguez Cantillo, who represented palm plantation workers in Magdalena in ongoing negotiations with their employer - Emma Perfecta Lacouture. SINTRAINAGRO has requested that the authorities investigate the killing. At the moment there are no further read more



Políticos de los Estados Unidos, el Reino Unido, e Irlanda declaran su apoyo para el proceso de paz

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 13 May 2014

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA Políticos de los Estados Unidos, el Reino Unido, e Irlanda declaran su apoyo para el proceso de paz colombiano Washington y Londres, 13 de mayo de 2014 En un gesto histórico, 245 políticos de los Estados Unidos, del Reino Unido e Irlanda, han expresado su apoyo read more



US, UK and Irish Politicians Express Support for Colombia Peace Process

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 13 May 2014

PRESS RELEASE US, UK and Irish Politicians Express Support for Colombia Peace Process London and Washington, 13 May 2014. In an historic action, 245 politicians from the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland have expressed their collective support for the Colombian peace process in a letter to both sides read more



Threats and obstructions seek to prevent the growth of strikes in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 8 May 2014

As strikes enter into their second week, Colombian organisation, Patriotic March, has released a summary of a number of abuses that have already been documented. There has been a particularly high number of threats, and obstructions to prevent participation in the protests and strikes: In Medellin, 6 May, local authorities read more



UK Foreign Office recognises human rights crisis in Colombia but report downplays its severity

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Colombia has been named as one of the 28 countries considered by the Foreign Office to be of particular concern regarding its human rights situation. The inclusion of Colombia on this list comes after MPs have repeatedly drawn attention to Colombia’s human rights abuses throughout 2013. The questions in Parliament read more



Justice for Colombia: Statement of solidarity with agricultural strike

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 7 May 2014

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Second week of agricultural strike in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Strikes and protests across Colombia have entered into their second week as more rural organisations come out onto the streets to demand compliance with promises made by the government in negotiations initiated after strikes in the summer of 2013. The so called Dignidades who are representing coffee, potato, dairy, read more



Declaración de solidaridad con el Paro Agrario y Movilizaciones

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Desde Justice for Colombia, Reino Unido destacamos nuestra solidaridad con todos los campesinos y campesinas quienes se han visto obligados a volver a paro y movilización después de varios meses de negociación para buscar soluciones a la problemática del campo colombiano. Justice for Colombia, apoyada por los más de 6 read more



MP questions minister on human rights in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 2 May 2014

A written question was submitted to the FCO Minister by the Jim Shannon MP, DUP on 28 April 2014. Jim Shannon (Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health); Strangford, DUP) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Colombian government on human read more



Liliany Obando: A political prisoner in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 2 May 2014

JFC Note: Liliany Obando was one of the political prisoners Justice for Colombia campaigned to have freed. Several JFC delegations met her in the Buen Pastor prison where she was held, and one was present for her liberation in March 2012, waiting at the prison gates alongside family and friends. read more



Attempted assassination of Afrocolombian leader

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 1 May 2014

At 09.30 in the morning of Tuesday 29 April, the Afrocolombian community leader, Henry Camacho, was shot several times and is currently struggling for his life in hospital. Henry Camacho was President of a local community organisation in the region of Nariño where there is a large Afrocolombian population and read more