New unilateral ceasefire begins after most violent month since peace talks began

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Resource Centre for the Analysis of Conflicts, Cerac, published a report detailing violent incidents instigated by the Farc in the 30 days after a previous unilateral ceasefire was lifted. On 20th July the FARC once again implemented a unilateral ceasefire. The report focuses on incidents occuring after the 22 read more



UN General Secretary accepts invitation to participate in peace negotiations

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 July 2015

The UN General Secretary, Ban Ki – moon, has welcomed the joint decision between the Colombian government and the Farc to put new mechanisms in place to deescalate the conflict and speed up the peace negotiations. The General Secretary of the United Nations and the Union of South American Nations read more



TUC condemns arrest of human rights defenders in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The TUC condemns the arrest of four human rights defenders in Colombia last week. The four activists were Esmer Montilla Gutiérrez, President of the Foundation for the Defence of Human Rights (DHOC), Ingrid Piñilla Espitia, vice-president of the Association of Peasant Workers and a regional coordinator for the pro-peace Patriotic read more



El grupo Amigos Parlamentarios de Colombia rechaza detenciones de cuatro activistas

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 21 July 2015

El grupo Amigos Parlamentarios de Colombia (PFC), un grupo de más de 80 representantes del Parlamento del Reino Unido, rechaza las detenciones de cuatro activistas de derechos humanos durante los días de 15 y 16 de julio en el centro de Colombia. Esmer Montilla Gutierrez es el Presidente de la read more



Parliamentary Friends of Colombia condemns politically motivated arrest of four activists

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Parliamentary Friends of Colombia (PFC), a group of more than 80 MPs from the UK Parliament, condemns the arrests of four human rights activists on July 15th and 16th in Central Colombia. Esmer Montilla Gutiérrez is the President of the human rights organisation DHOC; José Samuel Rojas Mora is read more



Trade union leader suffers violent break in to her home

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 21 July 2015

On Thursday 16 July 2015, a man forced his way in to the home of Marta Diaz Suarez, President of a regional public service trade union, ASTDEMP, and National Spokesperson for the Patriotic March. At the time of the break in Marta’s father was home alone, a gun was held read more



Justice for Colombia condemns politically motivated arrest of four activists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 20 July 2015

Justice for Colombia, the London based NGO condemns the arrests of four human rights activists including a journalist on July 15th and 16th in Central Colombia. Esmer Montilla Gutiérrez is the President of the human rights organisation DHOC; José Samuel Rojas Mora is the President of the Corporation New read more



Justice for Colombia rechaza detención de cuatro activistas

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 20 July 2015

Justice for Colombia, la ONG con sede en Londres, rechaza las detenciones de cuatro activistas de derechos humanos durante los días de 15 y 16 de julio en el centro de Colombia. Esmer Montilla Gutierrez es el Presidente de la organización de derechos humanos, DHOC; Jose Samuel Rojas Mora es read more



Four activists arrested as local organisations denounce legal persecution

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 20 July 2015

Human rights organisations and political organisations have condemned the arrest of four political activists from the Central Eastern region of Colombia. All of those arrested are members of organisations which form part of the Patriotic March. There is considerable concern that the arrests come in response to the work being read more



Morning Star: MPs demand action to halt jailing of Colombia activists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 16 July 2015

Article by Luke James of the Morning Star. LABOUR MPs demanded yesterday that British ministers take action over the thousands of campaigners and trade unionists imprisoned for political reasons in Colombia. Trade union group chairman Ian Lavery and Leeds East MP Richard Burgon both raised the abuses at foreign and read more



MPs Welcome Steps to Deescalate Colombian Conflict

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 16 July 2015

29 MPs from four different parties have congratulated the Colombian Government and the FARC on their recent announcement that they will be taking steps to de-escalate the armed conflict in Colombia. Colombia is the scene of the world’s longest running civil war but since November 2012 the Colombian Government and read more



Parlamentarios Britanicos Saludan Gestos del Gobierno y FARC

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 16 July 2015

Comunicado 16 de Julio 2015 29 miembros del Parlamento del Reino Unido de cuatro partidos han saludado el reciente comunicado del Gobierno de Colombia y las FARC que les compromete a tomar los pasos para el desescalamiento del conflicto en Colombia. Los parlamentarios saludaron el anuncio de las FARC de read more



Two trade unionists shot dead in Bogotá

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Two trade unionists working in the Bogota water company have been shot dead. The Mayor of Bogotá announced that Gabriel Padilla was shot twice through the chest and Luis Miguel Claros was shot twice in the head. Both were killed on 14th July 2015. They were affiliated to the Sintranal read more



Justice for Colombia host Colombian trade union leader at ICTU conference

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Last week in Ennis, County Clare in West Ireland Justice for Colombia held a packed fringe where delegates heard from Witney Chavez a member of the executive of Colombia’s largest trade union federation, CUT. Witney talked about the trade union support for the Colombian peace process and the importance of read more



PHOTOS: JFC Delegation to Colombia June 2015

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 15 July 2015

To see the photos from Justice for Colombia's recent delegation to Colombia with Unite click on the following link: http://on.fb.me/1CDEKGW read more



Farmers attacked as they return to their land

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 15 July 2015

180 displaced families were attacked by the police and armed forces when they attempted to return to their land in the Hacienda Bella Cruz. 15 people have been reported injured, including two children. MOVICE (movement of victims of state crimes) and ASOCADAR (association of displaced campesinos) were also informed read more



MPs question Foreign Office Minister on peace and human rights in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 14 July 2015

A series of questions on Colombia were put today to the Foreign Office Minister, Hugo Swire. Below you can see the full transcript. Richard Burgon (Leeds East) (Lab): What assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Colombia Ian Lavery (Wansbeck) (Lab): What representations read more



Young peasant kidnapped, and tortured, to force him to report on guerrilla activities

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 14 July 2015

On a recent Justice for Colombia delegation to Colombia, trade unionists were told the story of Gustavo Adolfo, by the man himself. On 17 May 2015 in the municipality of Miranda, Gustavo was approached by six armed men dressed in military fatigue. They forced him into their vehicle, covered read more



Community activist shot dead by Army during combat with guerrillas

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Luz Dary Fandino Velazquez was killed in her own home by the Colombian army as they staged an attack on FARC guerrillas in Arauca on the 15 June. Luz was a 37 year old farmer and mother of three who was known for her involvement in community work. read more



Joint statement on planned de-escalation of the armed conflict by peace negotiators

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 14 July 2015

In an effort to rebuild public confidence in the peace process, the Colombian government and FARC –EP have agreed to make all possible efforts without delay to get a final agreement signed. In a joint statement issued this week both sides committed to speeding up negotiations on outstanding read more



FARC announce another unilateral ceasefire

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The FARC will soon begin a month-long self-imposed unilateral cease-fire, it was announced on Wednesday in Havana, where peace continue with the Colombian government. "We announce our willingness to order a unilateral cease-fire from July 20, for one month,” said chief negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) read more



Preguntas en el Parlamento británico sobre paz, derechos humanos y prisioneros políticos

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Diferentes parlamentarios hicieron preguntas hoy sobre Colombia al Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, Hugo Swire. Aquí abajo se puede ver el texto de la sesión en el Parlamento. Richard Burgon, Representante para Leeds East, Partido Laborista: ¿Cuál es su evaluación de la situación de derechos humanos en Colombia? Ian Lavery, Representante read more



Indigenous man killed by Army, community responds

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 11 July 2015

Ismael Enrique Bastidas a member of the indigenous reserve of San Andres Pisimbala in Cauca was shot dead by members of the 57th batallion of the Colombian Army on 22 June 2015. Ismael was riding on his motorbike when he was shot dead by the troops. In response the indigenous read more



Thirteen activists arrested in Bogota

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Thirteen social activists, including two prominent human rights defenders, have been arrested in Bogota. The arrests come after a recent explosion in the capital city but those arrested are being linked to previous small explosions that took place during protests and are being accused of links to the ELN guerrilla read more