Murder and attempted kidnap of two community activists in southwest Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The horrific onslaught of violence against activists in Colombia continues with a failed kidnap attempt and murder of two activists from the PUPSOC rural community organisation in southwest Colombia. On 18 May 2017 unidentified men failed in an attempt to kidnap Orlando Quiñones whilst on the following day, 19 May read more

Explosive device set-off outside headquarters of teacher union

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 23 May 2017

An explosion hit the front of the headquarters of the teachers union FECODE last week in the midst of ongoing strike action. The President of the union linked the explosion to paramilitary groups who have sent death threats to union leaders and social activists. Local authorities meanwhile have refused to read more

Civic strike continues despite violent repression by riot police

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The civic strike across Colombia's pacific coast was brutally repressed on Friday 19th May by the country's notorious riot police ESMAD. There were reports of indiscriminate use of tear gas and bullets against protestors, with one person killed and over a dozen injured, including children. Inhabitants of the port city read more

Crisis as Constitutional Court ends fast track for passing peace legislation

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 22 May 2017

The Colombian peace process has been put in jeopardy after the Colombian Constitutional Court decided to partially retract its approval of the fast track process. This was a special legislative mechanism that allowed the Colombian Congress to quickly pass the necessary laws to implement the peace deal. Although the Court read more

51 social leaders killed so far in 2017

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 18 May 2017

The social and political organisation the Patriotic March have released a list of social leaders, activists and human rights defenders assassinated so far this year in Colombia. The list has been verified against statistics from the human rights think tank INDEPAZ. You can download an English translation in PDF on read more

Trade unionist assassinated in Valle del Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Another social leader has been assassinated in Colombia. Mario Andrés Calle was the president of the Peasant Farmers Association of the department of Valle del Cauca and a member of the FENSUAGRO, the agricultural workers' union. He was also a member of the Patriotic March. On Saturday 13th May Mario's read more

Half a million on strike across Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 May 2017

On 16th May more than half a million Colombians took to the streets in protest against pay and working conditions in the country. Fecode, the largest teacher's union, reported that more than 350,000 primary and secondary school teachers marched in Colombia's main cities. They have been on strike for a read more

Huber Ballesteros sent more death threats

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 12 May 2017

There is continued concern for the safety of Huber Ballesteros after he received a series of death threats this week. On Tuesday 9th May Huber received a message from a Facebook account horrifically threatening sexual violence against his partner and to chop up his daughter. Later that day he received read more

Human rights defender threatened and attacked

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 9 May 2017

On 7th May Maria Doris Rivera, a member of the human rights organisation DHOC and the governing board of the National Association of Peasant Farmer Reserve Zones, was threatened and attacked. Two men, their faces covered with balaclavas, forced their way into her house, tying up those present and proceeding read more

Indigenous leader killed in Valle del Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 May 2017

On Thursday 4th May Jorge Chantre Achipiz, a leader from the Nasa indigenous community in the department of Valle del Cauca, was assassinated. In a statement released in April this year, Amnesty International denounced the wave of assassinations of indigenous people in Colombia, stating the situation is “alarming” and “raises read more

Paramilitaries open fire near transitional zone

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 4 May 2017

An armed group have been reported repeatedly firing rifles near a transitional zone in Nariño department, where FARC members are currently located. Identifying themselves with the acronym RAUC, they have threatened to assassinate all FARC collaborators and carry out a "social cleansing" operation. They are dressed in uniforms used exclusively read more

Non-stop threats against the FARC

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 4 May 2017

After the killing of two members of the FARC and six of their relatives in April, threats and assassinations against the FARC are not ceasing. Guillermo Ilamo Largo, whose daughter is a FARC member, was stabbed by an unknown man on 28th April when he was returning read more

PFC statement on killings of FARC members and their relatives

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The Parliamentary Friends of Colombia, representing more than 80 members of the UK parliament, condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent killings of FARC members and their relatives in Colombia. We are alarmed that in the midst of the implementation of the peace agreement between the FARC and the read more

DeclaraciĆ³n de PFC sobre asesinatos de integrantes de las FARC y sus familiares

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 3 May 2017

25 de abril de 2017 El Grupo Parlamentario Amigos de Colombia (PFC), el cual representa a más de 80 miembros del parlamento británico, condena rotundamente los recientes asesinatos de integrantes de las FARC-EP y sus familiares en Colombia. Nos alarma que en medio de la implementación del acuerdo de paz read more

Colombia justice fight goes on

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Country’s future uncertain as violence escalates Mark Metcalf, Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 On May Day yesterday (May 1) also known as International Workers’ Day, demonstrations were yesterday held right across the world including in London. May 1 commemorates events in Chicago during the 1886 US general read more