Guardian Piece on Arrest of Colombian Union Leader

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 29 August 2013

The journalist Ellie Mae O'Hagan who JFC took to Colombia on a recent delegation has written a comment piece in today’s Guardian on the arrest of Colombian trade union leader, Huber Ballesteros. The piece, entitled ‘Human rights in Colombia: how bad do things have to get? - The trade union read more



ITUC Condemns Arrest of Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 29 August 2013

The ITUC has sent the attached letter in Spanish to the Colombian government urging the Colombian government to release Huber Ballesteros, the trade unionist arrested on August 25 on accusations of 'rebellion'. The letter notes Mr Ballesteros' long trade union career and his recent election to the CUT national executive. read more



Huber with members of the 2013 delegation to Colombia TUC Urges Immediate Release of Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 29 August 2013

(Photo shows members of the 2013 Workers Uniting delegation to Colombia, Huber is second from the right alongside Ivan Monckton (Unite), Ken Neumann (USW National Director for Canada), Jimmy Kelly (Unite Ireland RS), Tony de Paolo (USW) and Dan Kovalik (USW). In a letter to the Colombian government the TUC's read more



Sindicatos Británicos, Norteamericanos e Irlandeses Urgen Liberación Inmediata de Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 29 August 2013

Sindicatos Británicos, Norteamericanos e Irlandeses Urgen Liberación Inmediata de Huber Ballesteros Alarmados por la reciente detención del dirigente sindical colombiano, Huber Ballesteros, los presidentes de Workers Uniting (El sindicato internacional de Gran Bretaña, Irlanda, Estados Unidos y Canada), la federación sindical de Gran Bretaña (TUC), y de la federación sindical read more



Irish Unions Call for Release of Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 29 August 2013

David Begg, the GS of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has written to the Irish and Colombian governments calling for the immediate release of Huber Ballesteros, the Colombian trade unionist arrested on Sunday in Bogota. In the letter Mr Begg writes to express in 'the strongest possible terms' read more



Workers Uniting Letter Calls for Urgent Release of Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Workers Uniting, the global union bringing together Unite the Union and the United Steelworkers from North America has written to the Colombian government demanding that Huber Ballesteros, a member of the CUT national executive, a member of the FENSUAGRO agricultural workers' union, and a leader of the Patriotic March social read more



DECLARACION DE JUSTICE FOR COLOMBIA – Detención de HUBER BALLESTEROS

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Justice for Colombia (JFC), apoyada por más de 6 millones de trabajadores en Gran Bretaña y más de 80 parlamentarios británicos condena fuertemente la injusta detención de nuestro amigo y compañero Huber Ballesteros, quien fue detenido el 25 de Agosto. Exigimos su libertad inmediata. El Sr Ballesteros es invitado oficial read more



JFC Calls for Release of Huber Ballesteros and Rejects Accusations

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Below is a statement released today by Justice for Colombia (JFC) calling for the release of Huber Ballesteros and rejecting allegations by the prosecution that funding from JFC has been used by him to fund FARC activities. JUSTICE FOR COLOMBIA STATEMENT Justice for Colombia (JFC), supported by over 6 million read more



TUC International Guest Arrested in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The CUT, Colombia’s largest trade union confederation has called for the release of Huber Ballesteros, one of the country’s most high-profile union and opposition leaders. Ballesteros was arrested on Sunday 25th August in Bogotá. The arrest comes in the midst of mass industrial action taking place around the country in read more



Workers Uniting delegates on a July 2013 JFC delegation to Colombia Photos: JFC delegation to Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 21 August 2013

In July 2013, JFC took a delegation to Colombia to speak with trade unionists, civil-society organisations, human rights lawyers, and government officials. The delegation was attended by members of Workers Uniting, the international trade union organisation bringing together Unite in Britain and Ireland and United Steelworkers (USW) in USA and read more



Map showing the different location of the various strikes and protests taking place in Colombia First day of Mass Strikes: Human Rights Review

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 20 August 2013

After the first day of nationwide strikes in Colombia (see map above) the multitude of trade unions and social organisations involved have already complained of a series of abuses and human rights violations by Colombia’s security forces. Before the strike began there had already been unfounded claims from state read more



Strike Action Taken Across Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 19 August 2013

19 August 2013 will see the start of indefinite strikes across Colombia. Most of the country’s agricultural production will be halted as lorry drivers, coffee producers, miners, health workers, and small-scale farmers all join forces in industrial action to demand a response from the government which has so far failed read more



Four Peasant Farmers Murdered by Paramilitaries

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 16 August 2013

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The Colombian Government Is Killing Its Peasant Farmers for Their Land

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 15 August 2013

On our recent delegation to Colombia we were accompanied by the journalist and Guardian columnist Ellie Mae O'Hagan. Upon return she has written an article reflecting on the visit and particularly the peasant farmer strike in the conflictive countryside region of Catatumbo. For the original article see here. read more



Students demonstrate after the killing of Mr Ocampo Teacher Trade Unionist Killed in Possible False Positive

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 13 August 2013

- Confused reports around assassination of Congressman Ivan Cepeda’s cousin On August 5th police in the city of Cali reported having killed a gun carrying criminal who was carrying a briefcase full of leaflets for the ‘Rastrojos’ paramilitary group in the Limonar neighbourhood of the city. The man killed was read more



The trade union death threat defending the Colombian government's policies in favour of large scale mining companies Paramilitaries issue trade union death threat defending multinational mining companies

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 7 August 2013

There is international outrage after a death threat was issued by paramilitary forces called the Rastrojos against trade unionists, members of the Polo opposition party, community activists and human rights organisations. Many of those threatened work closely with Justice for Colombia, including Ivan Cepeda with whom a JFC delegation read more



ASCAMCAT is the peasant farmer organisation in Catatumbo Peasant farmer strike ends after high profile negotiation team assigned to Catatumbo

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 7 August 2013

After 53 days of protest which included the blocking of a major road in northeastern Colombia close to the Venezuelan border, the peasant farmer strike in Catatumbo has been temporarily halted after the government agreed to take part in talks to respond to the demands of the local population. The read more



Drummond coal miners go on strike as industrial action spreads across Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Close to 5,000 workers in the second largest coal producing company in Colombia, Drummond, have gone on strike in search of better pay conditions, health provisions, and guarantees for 400 workers facing relocation or redundancy. A key demand is that workers are paid daily and not hourly which has thus read more



Death threat left at the doorstep of trade unionist. Death threat made against trade union leader after denouncing actions of multinational oil company

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 6 August 2013

In a further demonstration of the anti-trade union violence in Colombia and the connection between multinational companies and paramilitary violence, a trade union leader from the USO oil workers has received a death threat just days after taking part in an event looking at the impact of large-scale mining projects. read more



JFC trade union delegation has huge impact in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Five days filled with an intense agenda allowed for trade unionists from Britain, Ireland, the United States, and Canada as well as a Canadian MP and UK journalist to meet and share experiences with Colombian trade unionists and social activists from across the country. The delegation organised by Justice for read more



Three farmer activists killed in one week

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 5 August 2013

The last week of July saw three farmer activists killed. The latest victims of the selective killings carried out in rural Colombia were all activists in their local community organisations and the last two were killed in the Department of Cordoba which is a Caribbean coastal region renowned for heavy read more



Canada Must Stand Up for Human Rights in Colombia: Ken Neumann USW

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 5 August 2013

After taking part in the recent JFC delegation to Colombia, the National Director of the United Steelworkers (USW) in Canada, Ken Neumann, wrote a letter to the Canadian government calling for action to be taken to ensure human rights are protected in Colombia. The delegation included representatives from USW in read more



Most violent six months for human rights defenders in over a decade

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 5 August 2013

A new report from the Colombia human rights observatory, We Are Defenders, has revealed that 37 human rights activists were killed in Colombia in the first half of this year. The figures are the worst seen in Colombia since records began in 2002. In spite of the continued efforts of read more