Airline Announces Colombia Pull-Out

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 31 August 2008

US-based Continental Airlines has announced that as of September this year they will no longer fly to Colombia. The decision follows the 2005 pull-out by British Airways (who previously operated a London-Bogota route) and the earlier termination of flights from Italy to Colombia by Alitalia. Since those European read more

Lawyers Criticise Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 30 August 2008

An international group of lawyers visiting Colombia on a fact-finding mission have harshly criticised the authorities for limiting access to justice, stigmatising legal professionals and allowing impunity to flourish by turning a blind eye to human rights abuses. The group of over 50 lawyers, who are due to produce read more

38 Trade Unionists Assassinated in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 26 August 2008

The assassination this weekend of trade union leader Jose Omar Galeano in the Colombian city of Buga, brings to 38 the number of trade unionists affiliated to the CUT union federation who have been murdered in the country so far this year. Mr Galeano, the national leader of the read more

JFC Journalist Murders Database Updated

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 25 August 2008

The journalists section of the Justice for Colombia 'Human Rights Database' has been updated showing that 37 journalists have been killed in Colombia since 2002 – the year that President Alvaro Uribe came to power. Colombia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a read more

Brother of Colombia's Interior Minister Linked to Drugs Lord and Death Squad

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 23 August 2008

Opposition parties in Colombia have called on the Interior and Justice Minister, Fabio Valencia Cossio, to resign his post after revelations that his brother has close links to notorious paramilitary death squad commander and cocaine trafficker Daniel Rendon Herrera. The death squad led by Herrera, who is widely known read more

UK-Trained Colombian Soldiers Implicated in Torture and Murder of Union Activist’s Son

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 21 August 2008

The second largest trade union in Colombia has said that they believe soldiers of the notorious High Mountain Battalion of the Colombian Army may have been responsible for the forced disappearance and subsequent torture and murder of the son of a leading union activist earlier this month. Milton Javier read more

Update on Arauca

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 20 August 2008

In recent months the Justice for Colombia office has received numerous reports from the Colombian region of Arauca documenting hundreds of human rights violations including 24 assassinations of civilians. Here we provide a summarised record of them:18th August, human rights organisations say that an upsurge in killings in and read more

Union Vice-President Killed

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 17 August 2008

A paramilitary group with suspected ties to the 27th Brigade of the Colombian Army have murdered union activist Manuel Erminson Gamboa Melendez in the city of Puerto Asis in Colombia's Putumayo region. Mr Gamboa Melendez, 32, was the vice president of the agricultural workers trade union FENSUAGRO in Putumayo read more

Workers Fired for Forming Trade Union in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 16 August 2008

More than 50 workers employed by coal transportation company 'Carbosan Ltda' in the Colombian port city of Santa Marta have been sacked from their jobs after attempting to form a trade union. The employees, who work 12 hours a day for the company loading and unloading coal from ships, read more

23 Soldiers Killed in Upsurge in FARC Attacks in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 14 August 2008

Several regions of Colombia have seen heavy combat in recent weeks as leftwing FARC guerrillas launched a series of bloody attacks on units of the Colombian security forces. In one incident members of the FARC's 51st front shot down a military helicopter, killing the three soldiers on board.The most read more

Authorities Refuse to Investigate after Body of Disappeared Peasant Farmer Found

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Colombian authorities have refused to investigate the assassination of peasant farmer Manuel Sanchez whose body has been found four days after he disappeared near the village of Lejanias in Antioquia department. A regional human rights group has blamed state forces for the killing as well as a systematic campaign read more

Joint Submission to the United Nations

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Justice for Colombia is one of 75 European organisations to have signed a joint submission to the United Nations regarding Colombia's human rights record. The submission, which was also signed by Oxfam, CAFOD and Christian Aid, has been presented in advance of the periodic review of Colombia that the read more

US Govt Advises Against Travel to Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 11 August 2008

The US State Department has warned US citizens about the dangers of travelling to Colombia in a new alert released on August 7th. According to the State Department "the potential for violence by terrorists and other criminal elements exists in all parts of the country."The travel alert also says read more

Sarkozy Awards Legion of Honour to JFC Project Partner

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 10 August 2008

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that France will award the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) to Colombian journalist Dr Carlos Lozano in recognition of his work for peace in Colombia. The decoration, the highest in France, has only ever been awarded to one other Colombian – read more

Ten People Massacred in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 10 August 2008

Ten civilians have been massacred in a rural area of the municipality of El Tambo in the southern Colombian department of Cauca. Initial reports alleged that the ELN guerrilla group were responsible although subsequent information placed the blame with a paramilitary group known as 'Los Rastrojos'. According to read more

Opposition Political Activist & Trade Unionist Killed

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 9 August 2008

A leading member of the 'Democratic Pole' opposition party in the Colombian region of Arauca has been assassinated in the town of Saravena. Luis Mayusa Prada, 46, a member of the regional Executive of the Pole, was also a trade union activist and brother of Carmen and Nieves Mayusa, read more

Latest Bomb in Bogota Injures Ten

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 9 August 2008

A bomb explosion on the north of Colombia's capital Bogota has left ten people wounded. The bomb exploded just before 7pm in the neighbourhood of Cedritos and is the latest in a series of terrorist attacks in the capital. It is unclear who is responsible for the attacks read more

Parliament Calls for End to UK Military Aid to Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 8 August 2008

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the British Parliament has called UK military aid to Colombia "inappropriate" and says that any future assistance to the Colombian military should be conditional on an improvement in the human rights situation. In a scathing attack on British policy the Committee also directly contradicts read more

Ecuadorian Politician Opens Lawsuit against Colombian Attorney General

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 8 August 2008

A former presidential candidate in Ecuador has announced that he is launching legal proceedings against the Colombian Attorney General Mario Iguaran. Dr Marcelo Larrea, who is also the brother of Ecuador's Minister for Security Gustavo Larrea, has accused the Colombian Attorney General of launching "continuous attacks" on him by read more

25 Children Die of Hunger

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 4 August 2008

Human rights and indigenous organisations in Colombia have reported that 25 indigenous children have died of hunger since April in the Cumaribo area of Vichada department in eastern Colombia. Reports from the area say the children starved after aerial fumigation planes sprayed food crops in the remote jungle communities read more

UK-Trained Colombian Troops Threaten Trade Unionist

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 1 August 2008

Soldiers of the Colombian Army's notorious High Mountain Battalion have threatened trade unionist Graciliano Diaz Rubiano and accused him of being a guerrilla supporter. The threats followed written death threats received on June 28th by Mr Rubiano, who as well as being active in the SINTRAPAZ union, is well-known read more