Colombian Army Assassinate Peasant Farmer, Agricultural Leaders Detained

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 30 September 2007

On September 27th troops of the 8th 'Counter-Guerrilla' Mobile Brigade of the Colombian Army assassinated farmer Jhon Jairo Valero as he picked coffee beans on his farm. 15-year-old Andres Mendoza, who was also picking coffee, was severely wounded in the attack and, witnesses say, the troops prevented him from read more



Son of Trade Unionist Kidnapped and Tortured

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 29 September 2007

On the 27th September, 2007 at 4pm, Andres Damian Florez, the son of Jose Domingo Florez (a worker at the Coca-Cola Bottling Factory and a leader of Colombia's Food and Drinks Workers' Union SINALTRAINAL), was attacked by three armed men in a black jeep as he walked home from school read more



Human Rights Watch commend JFCs call for suspension of UK military aid to Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 28 September 2007

International human rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) has congratulated Justice for Colombia for presenting a statement to Labour Party Annual Conference 2007, calling for a suspension of UK military aid to Colombia on human rights grounds.Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Americas Division, Jose Miguel Vivanco and UK Director read more



HRW commend JFCs call to suspend UK military aid to Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 28 September 2007

International human rights organisation Human Rights Watch has congratulated Justice for Colombia for presenting a statement to Labour Party Annual Conference 2007, calling for a suspension of UK military aid to Colombia on human rights grounds.Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Americas Division, Jose Miguel Vivanco and UK Director Tom read more



Labour Party calls for an end to military aid

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 26 September 2007

An unprecedented coalition of senior Labour Party figures spearheaded by the Chair of Labour's ruling National Executive, Mike Griffiths, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, Tony Lloyd MP, and Chair of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, Richard Howitt MEP, have signed a Justice for Colombia statement calling for read more



JFC event in Vienna

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Justice for Colombia and Unite, the largest trade union in Europe, have hosted a discussion in Vienna between Colombian and British trade unionists during the Congress of the global Public Services International (PSI) union federation. Delegates from Colombia included members of the local government workers trade union SINTRAEMCALI, the read more



Four teacher trade unionists murdered in Antioquia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 26 September 2007

The Colombian trade union federation CUT has notified Justice for Colombia of four recent assassinations of teachers all of whom were active in the teachers' trade union FECODE in the department of Antioquia.The most recent killing, on Wednesday 19th September, was of Rosalino Palacios Mosquera an English-language teacher read more



Investigation opened against President Uribes cousin for paramilitary links

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 26 September 2007

The Colombian Supreme Court today announced that they would be opening an investigation into Congressman Mario Uribe, cousin of President Alvaro Uribe and one of his most vocal supporters in the Colombian Congress. The investigation relates to allegations that the Congressman did an electoral deal with paramilitary commanders to read more



Two more indigenous people murdered

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Indigenous groups in northern Cauca department have denounced that the leader of the Guadualito indigenious reserve, Jose Climaco Chocue Camayo, and his friend and colleague Yhon Beiman Basto Tenorio, have been assassinated by unknown assailants in the village of Bajo San Franciso in the Santander de Quilichao area of Cauca.The read more



Labour Party demands Foreign Policy change from Brown

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 24 September 2007

An unprecedented coalition of senior Labour Party figures - spearheaded by Chair of the NEC and 2007 conference chair Mike Griffiths, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party Tony Lloyd MP, and Chair of the European Parliamentary Labour Party Richard Howitt MEP and including over 140 MP's, all of the read more



Colombia: British Military Aid and Human Rights Abuses

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 24 September 2007

Colombia is a state at war with its own people. British military aid does not help in reducing human rights abuses; it helps to legitimise the state and provides support to the military thereby directly involving the British government and the British taxpayers in the abuses. By Russell read more



Anti-Union Behaviour Continues

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 20 September 2007

On September 20th the internationally respected Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective issued the following statement regarding the attitude of senior Colombian Government officials towards the Colombian trade union movement. This is an English translation of their statement:The Colombian Government silent on recent rulingsIt has been said a person should read more



Human Rights Defender Threatened

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 18 September 2007

A paramilitary organisation calling itself the 'Black Eagles' has e-mailed a death threat to human rights activist Jose Manuel Gomez. The threat, which labels him a subversive, accuses Jose of hiding behind human rights work to carry out terrorism and declares him a 'military objective'The e-mail, which arrived on read more



Colombian Trade Unionist on Speaking Tour

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 17 September 2007

A leading member of the chemical, energy, mining and metal workers' trade union in Colombia will be visiting Britain in mid-October to participate in a JFC-organised national speaking tour.Harold Tello, a member of the national executive of the FUNTRAMINERGETICA federation, is himself a metal worker from the southern town of read more



JFC at Labour Party Conference

Justice For Colombia News | on: Sunday, 16 September 2007

Justice for Colombia will be holding a major fringe meeting at Labour Party conference in Bournemouth next week to highlight the campaign against UK military aid to Colombia. JFC is extremely please to be hosting Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba during the week of the conference and she will be read more



Indigenous leader assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 15 September 2007

Unknown assailants have shot and killed a regional indigenous leader in the city of Popayan, Cauca department. Yovanny Pillumue Cuchimba, secretary of the regional indigenous association, was killed on the afternoon of Friday 14th September as he left a meeting with local coffee growers. Pillumue and others had read more



Three trade unionists assassinated by Colombian Army

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 14 September 2007

Members of the 13th Brigade of the Colombian Army have murdered three trade union members who they detained six days ago in the municipality of Orito in Putumayo department.36-year-old Simon Coreno (ID 78587031) and 35-year-old Gentil Yascuaran Pai (ID 18144688), both members of the regional agricultural workers' trade union FUNDAPROGRESO, read more



JFC holds biggest fringe at TUC Congress 2007

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 13 September 2007

Over 250 people attended the Justice for Colombia fringe meeting at TUC Congress in Brighton yesterday. Guests heard Jose Antequera, the son of a murdered political leader, talk about the efforts made by him and the children of other murdered activists to secure justice for their loved ones.The 'Sons read more



Red Cross reports increased displacement

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 13 September 2007

The International Committee of the Red Cross has announced that forced displacement is likely to effect thousands of more Colombian civilians in 2007 than during the year before. "Despite the demobilisation of some paramilitaries and the ongoing negotiations, the situation for the civilian population is not improving" said Barbara read more



Indiscriminate bombing causing terror and displacement

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 13 September 2007

Intense bombardment of six villages in Arauca department by the Colombian Air Force has caused panic among residents according to a local trade union.The Farmers Association of Arauca, part of the Colombian agricultural workers' trade union FENSUAGRO, reported today that the bombing of the villages of San Miguel, Caranal, San read more



Unanimous support for TUC Colombia vote

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Shortly after being shown a new film produced by Justice for Colombia on the situation faced by union members in Colombia, delegates to the 2007 TUC Congress in Brighton voted unanimously to support a resolution on Colombia. JFC, who supported and helped to draft the resolution, reproduce it here:Motion read more



Two peasants executed by Army

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 10 September 2007

Details of extra-judicial executions being carried out by the Colombian Army in the municipality of Granada, Meta department, this week reached the Justice for Colombia office from the internationally respected 'Jose Alvear Restrepo' Lawyers Collective.The Collective report that members of the 21st 'Vargas' Battalion executed peasant farmers Jairo Rojas Gaona read more



Paramilitaries force 2,000 indigenous people from their homes

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 9 September 2007

Reports from the National Indigenous Organisation of Colombia (ONIC) claim that over 500 indigenous families from the remote department of Vichada have been forced to leave their lands after threats made by local paramilitaries on Sunday 2nd September.According to ONIC leader Jose Villagran, four heavily armed paramilitaries entered a reserve read more



Army assassinating civilians in Arauca

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 6 September 2007

Recent days have seen a flurry of Urgent Actions reaching the office of Justice for Colombia regarding ongoing military operations in the department of Arauca. During these operations various civilians have been extra-judicially executed whilst others have been the victims of arbitrary detentions or threats by soldiers.The most serious read more



FARC guerrillas increase attacks

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 5 September 2007

An upsurge in activity by FARC guerrillas in recent weeks has seen over 50 Colombian soldiers killed in a series of bloody attacks in two regions of the country. The heaviest attack came on August 10th when 25 soldiers were killed in an ambush by members of the FARC's read more



Army targets Peace Community

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 5 September 2007

In the most recent of a series of attacks against the San Jose Peace Community in northwest Colombia, soldiers of the 17th Brigade have tortured and murdered a teenage peasant farmer.On August 31st Alfonso de Jesus Bedoya Florez left his home in the village of La Miranda to collect wood read more