British Foreign Office latest human rights report on countries of concern

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 27 July 2017

Colombia continues to feature as one of the 30 countries of concern of the British Foreign Office and the FCO has recently released its report into the situation across 2016. Justice for Colombia recognises the important role of the FCO in highlighting the ongoing human rights abuses in Colombia. The read more

FARC to launch new political party in September

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 25 July 2017

After a weekend which saw a coming together of 61 FARC commanders, Ivan Marquez, head of the FARC peace delegation, announced that September would see the public launch of the FARCs political party. The FARC representative said that preparations were already being made for an event to be held in read more

Final year of Santos government will seek to ratify remaining peace legislation

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 25 July 2017

With the government coalition at its weakest ever point and with ten members of Congress currently named as potential presidential candidates the final year of the Santos presidency and the passing of the remaining laws relating to the peace agreement will have anything but an easy ride. Of particular importance read more

Huber Ballesteros, prison and the peasant struggle

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 24 July 2017

July 24, 2017 by Marcella Via, The Prisma During the conflict in Colombia, many leftist political activists have been accused of belonging to armed groups and as a result have been imprisoned. He is one of them, but was released after more than three years of imprisonment. Although read more

Protest against Colombia's ongoing use of asbestos

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A video uploaded to youtube on June 16, 2017 documents a dramatic ban asbestos demonstration mounted in Bogota, Colombia by Greenpeace which featured “patients” lying in hospital beds struggling to breathe attached to oxygen cylinders with the name of the country’s biggest asbestos company “Eternit” written on them. Surrounding the read more

ITUC condemns murders of trade unionists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Colombia: Trade Unionists Murdered As Peace Process at Risk ITUC, 17 July 2017 An explosion of violence against trade unionists in Colombia, including the murders of six union representatives since mid-May, is putting the peace and reconstruction process in the country at severe risk. Four trade unionists from the education read more

Resolución parlamentaria sobre huelga de hambre de prisioneros políticos

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 18 July 2017

En el parlamento británico se presentó una resolución para denunciar las demoras en la implementación del acuerdo de paz en Colombia, específicamente la ley de amnistía, y solidarizarse con la huelga de hambre de los prisioneros de las FARC. Los ponentes de la resolución incluyen los parlamentarios Jo Stevens, Catherine read more

Motion on hunger strike by prisoners tabled in parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 18 July 2017

An Early day Motion has been tabled in the British Parliament expressing concern about the delays in implementing the Amnesty Law in Colombia and the hunger strike initiated by prisoners in protest against this situation. The motion was tabled by a cross party group of MPs representing three different parties. read more

Peasant farmer leader killed

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 18 July 2017

On 16 July Ezequiel Rangel, a local leader from the peasant farmer organisation, ASCAMCAT – an affiliate of the Patriotic March - was assassinated in the department of Norte de Santander. At 5 am on the morning of 17 July, Ezequiel's family received a phone call informing them that his read more

Afro-Colombian leader killed in Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 17 July 2017

Hector William Mina, an Afro-Colombian leader from Cauca department was assassinated. He was having breakfast in a restaurant roughly 100 metres from a police station when he was shot dead by a group of four young men. He was rushed to hospital but died on the way. Hector was a read more

Amnistied FARC member assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 13 July 2017

Another member of the FARC who was released from prison after being granted an amnesty under the terms of the peace agreement has been assassinated. Juan Fernando Amaya Valencia was released from Bellavista prison in the city of Medellín on 12 December 2016. Around 3pm on 12 July Juan Fernando read more

Peace, Displacement and Mobilisation in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 11 July 2017

This article appeared in the July 2017 issue of Liberation Journal, Volume 60 No.2, pp.8-9. By Cherilyn Elston, Programme Assistant, Justice for Colombia. Despite the historic advances towards peace in Colombia, thousands of people continue to be displaced by violence. On World Refugee Day the Office of the UN High read more

UN approve second political mission to monitor FARC reincorporation

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 11 July 2017

On 10 July the UN Security Council unanimously voted in favour of establishing a new UN political mission in Colombia. The first political mission was appointed to monitor and verify the ceasefire and laying down of arms process of the FARC. The new mission, which will start on 26 September read more

ICTU hosts Huber Ballesteros as international guest at conference

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 7 July 2017

Colombian trade union leader Huber Ballesteros, who was released from prison in January this year after being held for three and a half years without being convicted of any crime, visited Belfast this week as an international guest at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) biannual conference. This was read more

Resolución de la central sindical irlandesa sobre proceso de paz y demoras en implementación

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 7 July 2017

La central sindical irlandesa (ICTU) felicita al gobierno colombiano y a las FARC-EP por el histórico acuerdo de paz y por los recientes avances en el proceso de paz. Celebra la declaración de la ONU que ha recibido todas las armas individuales de las FARC-EP. ICTU celebra la liberación de read more

ICTU passes motion on Colombian peace process and delays in implementation

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 7 July 2017

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) congratulates the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP for the historic peace agreement and recent advances in the peace process. It welcomes the announcement from the UN that they have received all individual arms from the FARC-EP. ICTU celebrates the release of trade read more

David Ravelo free!

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 3 July 2017

After more than seven years in prison, David Ravelo has finally been released. His release comes in the context of the peace process and the creation of legislation which allows for political activists who have served more than five years to have their cases reviewed by the new transitional court read more

SINTRAINAGRO trade unionist killed

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 3 July 2017

A trade unionist from SINTRAINAGRO agricultural workers' union was assassinated on 1 July. Alberto Román Acosta González was watching his son play football at a local pitch when he was shot dead by two men. Alberto was the leader of sugarcane workers in the department of Valle del Cauca and read more