Ed Miliband with Patriotic March leader David Florez JFC at Labour Party Conference

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 30 September 2013

Justice for Colombia and our Colombian guest David Florez from the Patriotic March opposition movement had an extremely well received few days at Labour Party Conference in Brighton. David Florez, who is a National Spokesperson for one of the most threatened movements in Colombia, was able to meet with read more



Death threat sent to members of regional victims group

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 27 September 2013

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Oil workers begin industrial action in Cartagena

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 20 September 2013

12,000 oil workers in the northern city of Cartagena will begin strike action at 10am Friday morning in response to the failure to reach agreement with the Reficar oil refinery company which is responsible for the oil production project in Colombia’s most visited tourist spot. Reficar is a subsidiary of read more



Morning Star Article on Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 19 September 2013

Last week the Morning Star published an article on Huber Ballesteros and the message he recorded for TUC Conference from his prison cell: See here for the article. Political prisoner's supporters smuggle message to British workers at TUC Congress. Brave Colombian political prisoner Huber Ballesteros will defy his read more



JFC declaración pública: Rechazamos amenaza paramilitar

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Justice for Colombia (JFC), apoyada por más de 6 millones de trabajadores en Gran Bretaña y más de 80 parlamentarios británicos condena las recientes amenazas de muerte firmado por el grupo paramilitar ‘los rastrojos’ en contra de líderes de la oposición política, sindicalistas y defensores de derechos humanos. Muchas de read more



Death threat sent to leading opposition figures Death threat sent to leading opposition politicians and victims’ leaders

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 17 September 2013

In a further reminder of the dangers faced by opposition politicians, social activists, and leaders of organisations searching for justice for the victims of state crimes, an email death threat was issued last week which named numerous individuals, many of them close partners of Justice for Colombia, as military targets. read more



MPs hold Commons debate on human rights situation in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 16 September 2013

On Wednesday afternoon an adjournment debate in the House of Commons examining the human rights situation in Colombia was secured by the MP for Stoke on Trent South, Robert Flello. Responding to the concerns expressed by Rob Flello MP, with the support of the MPs Jim Shannon and Jim McDonnell, read more



Joint international declaration on the third anniversary of the detention of David Ravelo

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 13 September 2013

Joint declaration On the third anniversary of the detention of renowned Colombian human rights defender David Ravelo Crespo, International organisations express concern. 14 September 2013 marks three years since renowned human rights defender David Ravelo Crespo, member of the director’s board of the Regional Corporation for the Defense read more



JFC host well attended fringe at TUC 2013

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 12 September 2013

In the shadow of the sad absence of Huber Ballesteros, Colombian trade union leader who was arrested days before he was due to travel to the TUC Conference, the JFC fringe event went ahead with well received contributions from the Sinn Fein MP, Paul Maskey, the Guardian columnist, Ellie O’Hagan, read more



PHOTO: British trade unionists show solidarity with Huber at TUC Conference

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 12 September 2013

In an act of solidarity with the imprisoned trade union leader Huber Ballesteros, TUC delegates held up hundreds of posters calling for his release. Huber was due to address the Congress as the official TUC guest but was prevented from attending by the Colombian authorities. Justice for Colombia managed to read more



TUC Conference Calls for Huber's Release TUC CALLS FOR RELEASE OF IMPRISONED COLOMBIAN TRADE UNIONIST

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 12 September 2013

This week the TUC Conference approved an emergency motion on Colombia calling for the immediate release of imprisoned trade union leader, Huber Ballesteros. The emergency motion follows the arrest of Mr Ballesteros, an official guest of this year’s Congress, on August 25 in Bogota on charges of ‘rebellion’. Mr Ballesteros read more



Colombian Army kills two civilians including teenager

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 September 2013

In Vergel, in the southwestern region of Nariño, the Colombian Army killed another two civilians, one of them a fourteen year old girl. For many it is another demonstration of the need for an immediate ceasefire. The killings took place on 12 September in the aftermath of a combat between read more



Trade Union Leader Huber Ballesteros Colombian Political Prisoner Addresses TUC Conference from Prison

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The Colombian trade union leader Huber Ballesteros was arrested by Colombian police days before he was due to address the 2013 TUC conference in Bournemouth. Justice for Colombia managed to obtain a video message from Huber smuggled out from inside the prison and played to the TUC congress. See the read more



Six year-old killed alongside three others in repression in Mojarras.

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Six year-old killed alongside three others in repression in Mojarras. Mojarras, Cauca. Aug 26- Sept 5 2013. Thousands of peasants mobilised in Mojarras, Cauca, to cut the road running through the area, as part of the National Strike carried out in August. By 26 August some 5 thousand peasants were read more



Delegados de la TUC en muestra de solidaridad con Huber Ballesteros (credit: Jess Hurd/TUC) TUC DE GRAN BRETAÑA LLAMA POR LA LIBERACION DE HUBER BALLESTEROS

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 9 September 2013

COMUNICADO BOURNEMOUTH, GRAN BRETAÑA, 09 SEPTIEMBRE 2013 CONGRESO SINDICAL DE GRAN BRETAÑA APRUEBA LLAMADO POR LA LIBERACION DEL PRESO POLITICO COLOMBIANO, HUBER BALLESTEROS. En su congreso anual el congreso nacional de sindicatos de Gran Bretaña, la TUC, ha aprobado una resolución de emergencia por motivo de la detención bajo ‘cargos read more



The repression of the civil population by the security forces continues

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Below follows the translation of the second communique sent out by the Nizkor Team regarding the results of their human rights monitoring commission to Boyaca, scene of intense repression of striking peasants in recent weeks. For more information see the Nizkor site. 29 August 2013 read more



ESMAD Commits Serious Civil Rights Abuses

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Below follows the translation of the first communique sent out by the Nizkor Team regarding the results of their human rights monitoring commission to Boyaca, scene of intense repression of striking peasants in recent weeks. For more information see the Nizkor site. 24 August 2012 read more



Canadian Organisations Show Support for Strike and Condemn Ballesteros Arrest

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 2 September 2013

A group of Canadian NGOs and unions including the United Steelworkers have released a statement showing their support for striking workers in Colombia and condemned the repression activists have been met with by security forces. They also highlight the unjust detention of union leader Huber Ballesteros. Below is the text read more



ETUC Calls for Release of Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 2 September 2013

The ETUC has called on the European Commission to "do everything possible to ensure the release of Huber Ballesteros" in a letter to Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. The letter says that despite "guarantees given by read more



Troops out on streets of Bogota in wake of demonstrations in solidarity with rural workers

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 2 September 2013

Since 19 August Colombia has been paralysed by a growing series of mobilisations by workers in rural areas of Colombia. An estimated 250 thousand peasant farmers and rural workers are now protesting against the abandonment of the countryside by successive governments, and at the effects of the free trade agreements read more



MP Raises Ballesteros Arrest During Syria Debate

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 2 September 2013

Minutes after Prime Minster Cameron made his last comments at the end of the Syria debate in the House of Commons last Thursday, Parliamentary Friends of Colombia Vice Chair, Rob Flello MP raised an urgent point of order on the recent arrest of TUC’s guest to Conference, Huber Ballesteros and read more