Land rights leader killed by paramiltaries

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 July 2013

On 11 July 2013 at 5pm in the afternoon, the land rights leader Jose Segundo Turizo was killed by members of the Gatainist Self-Defence Force paramiltary group. For several year members of the community had been denouncing threats being made against them. When President Santos became President in 2010, his read more

Threats made against trade unionist leader and LGBT community

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 July 2013

On 11 July 2013, Juan Carlos Galvis, a trade union leader in the Magdalena Medio region and member of the National Victims’ Movement, which works closely with Justice for Colombia, received an envelope which contained photos of his children and a letter threatening him with death. “You’ll be our first read more

Judge throws out case against four political prisoners

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 July 2013

In Tolima, central Colombia, a judge has ruled in favour of four peasant farmer leaders, who had been imprisoned for one year and seven months, quashing the charges brought against them. The farmers were from the La Marina village and were active community leaders in the local ASTRACATOL organisation which read more

United Nations condemns violence used by Colombian forces against protesters

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 15 July 2013

The United Nations has released a statement condemning the ‘excessive force’ used by the Colombian Army and Police against protesters in the Catatumbo region of northern Colombia. The statement called on the Colombian authorities to investigate fully the deaths of four protesters who according to the UN were almost read more

Death threats made against members of JFC partner organisations

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 9 July 2013

An email which contained a death threat against two prominent human rights activists was received on the weekend as they attended an international peace conference in the south of the country. The threat was directed against the Executive Secretary of the CPDH human rights organisation, Diego Martínez, who we work read more

Mass grave in La Macarena visited on JFC delegation Twelve bodies a week discovered in mass graves across Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 July 2013

Official figures have this week reminded us of the horrific nature of the violence carried out by state backed paramilitary death squads in Colombia. Since a process began in 2005 which allowed for the demobilization of paramilitary troops in exchange for reduced sentences, an average of twelve bodies have been read more

Analysis: Reform to military justice promotes impunity for Army crimes

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 1 July 2013

On Wednesday 19 June 2013 a bill writing into law a constitutional reform to the military justice system and expand the reach of military courts finished its passage through Congress. The bill has received vociferous and widespread criticism from international human rights organisations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty read more