Ongoing Assassinations and Heavy Combat in Colombian Border Region

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 31 July 2009

Reports from the Colombian region of Arauca, on the country's northeast border with Venezuela, indicate that large numbers of civilians are trapped amidst heavy fighting between guerrillas and the Colombian Army. The CPDH, Colombia's largest human rights group, also says that soldiers in the region have murdered a civilian read more



Colombia Very Corrupt Says UK Government-Funded Study

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Only four out of 138 state entities in Colombia have a low level of corruption according to a detailed new study funded by the British Government and carried out by the Colombian affiliate of the international NGO Transparency International. Among those entities found to have "very high" corruption read more



Europeans Targeted in Colombia, British-Trained Soldiers Allegedly Involved

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 24 July 2009

A Dutch citizen has been murdered in the northern Colombian city of Barranquilla after two men on a motorcycle drove by the house in which he was staying and shot him in the head. The killing follows an incident last month in which a German citizen was robbed by read more



Colombian President Uribe “Sympathetic” to Honduras Coup

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Colombia became the first, and so far only, country in the world to express support for the illegal military coup that occurred in Honduras in early July according to the de-facto Foreign Minister of the new Honduran regime Carlos Lopez Contreras. The Foreign Minister says that in a secret read more



New Colombia Journal Website Unveiled

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 13 July 2009

The highly respected Colombia Journal website today came back on line with new design and content. The lead article on the comprehensive new site is an interview with Colombian political prisoner Liliany Obando – one of those currently included in the JFC political prisoner campaign. read more



Further Hope for Peace in Colombia as Catholic Church Calls for Direct Talks with FARC

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 7 July 2009

The Church is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve peace between the Colombian government and the leftwing FARC guerrilla group Archbishop Ruben Salazar, the leader of the Catholic Church in Colombia, said yesterday. His comments come a month after the head of the Organisation of American States read more



JFC, NUS and UCU Launch New Report on Colombian Students

Justice For Colombia News | on: Sunday, 5 July 2009

A new report on the human rights abuses suffered by Colombian university students was launched today with a call on the British Government to speak out more forcefully about the human rights situation in Colombia. The new report, entitled 'Colombia: Students in the Firing Line', was put together by read more



New Statesman Highlights Army Killings in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 3 July 2009

An excellent article by Vincent Bevins in this week's edition of the New Statesman magazine outlines how President Uribe has avoided taking the blame for the Colombian Army's policy of murdering civilians and then dressing them up as guerrillas killed in combat in order to claim grotesque 'body count' read more



Former Colombian Defence Minister Wanted for Murder by Ecuadorian Authorities

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 3 July 2009

Ecuador has issued an arrest warrant for former Colombian defence minister Juan Manuel Santos who is accused of arranging an illegal incursion into tho country during which 25 people, including at least one Ecuadorian citizen, were assassinated. Details of the case against him were today passed to the international read more



BBC: MPs attack Colombia military aid

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 1 July 2009

An extensive report on the campaign to end military aid to Colombia has appeared on the BBC website. As well as quoting Justice for Colombia the article details a meeting held yesterday in the British Parliament at which a visiting Colombian trade unionist, Luis Alberto Vanegas of the read more



Colombian Economy Hit Hard by Global Downturn

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Newly released figures indicate that the Colombian economy has been hit hard by the economic slowdown with exports dropping off drastically and the country's trade balance going from surplus into deficit. The new statistics add to Colombia's economic woes following on from a recent fall in retail sales and read more