Human rights organisations denounce release of paramilitaries without trial

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 30 September 2014

In the second half of 2014, over 160 demobilised paramilitaries will be released from prison without ever having had a trial. The releases are being made under the agreements set-up as part of the Justice and Peace Law implemented in 2005 which saw the demobilisation of over 30,000 paramilitaries in read more



ITUC Global Rights Index labels Colombia as the worst in South America

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The first global Rights Index report into the labour rights situation in 139 countries across the world was released by the ITUC earlier this year and labelled Colombia as amongst the worst. The report, which seeks to provide easily manageable ratings based on a number of accepted standards such as read more



Recent study reveals huge cost of Colombian war

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 30 September 2014

In a stark reminder of the financial cost of war, a recent study concluded that in addition to the US$ 11 million set aside in the Colombian budget for Defence, the continuation of the world’s longest running civil war is costing an additional US$5 million a year due to the read more



Labour Party votes to support peace process in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 29 September 2014

Press Release Labour Party votes to support peace process in Colombia London, 29 September 2014 The annual Labour Party conference has voted unanimously in favor of a bilateral ceasefire and has called for the release of imprisoned trade unionists and Colombian civil society activists. The motion, approved by the congress, read more



Partido Laborista del Reino Unido vota para apoyar proceso de paz en Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 29 September 2014

Nota de Prensa Partido Laborista del Reino Unido vota para apoyar proceso de paz en Colombia Londres, 29 de septiembre de 2014 El congreso anual del partido laborista ha votado unánimemente para apoyar a un cese de fuego bilateral y un llamado para liberar a los sindicalistas y otros activistas read more



Colombian academic and ex-political prisoner targeted once more

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The sociology professor and close partner of Justice for Colombia, Miguel Angel Beltran, has been banned from teaching at public universities in a further attempt to silence his criticism of the course of the more than 50 year civil war. Beltran was previously forced to spend over two years in read more



Trade unionist killed in Meta

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 6 September 2014

On 29 August 2014, Edith Santos, community leader in the municipality of Acacias and Legal representative for the Security Workers Union SINPROSEG, was shot twice in the chest. She was taken to hospital where she passed away soon after. Over thirty trade unionists were killed in 2013. read more



Journalist murdered in Cali

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

A Colombian journalist, Luis Eduardo Cardozo, was assassinated last Sunday in an attack which took place in his own home. Mr Cardozo had over 40 years’ experience in the media. He was an award winning journalist, television presenter and director of Radio Toledar in the city of Cali. read more



Liliany Obando released from prison. Again.

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

Justice for Colombia was relieved by the news that Liliany Obando, an academic and human rights defender, was released from prison on the 20th August after a six day hunger strike protest. Liliany was first imprisoned between August 2008 and March 2012, accused of links to FARC guerrillas. read more



Ex-President Uribe wiretapping scandal continues to grow

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

The hacking scandal that came to light during the Colombian elections in May 2014 has developed further this week after the accused hacker, Andres Sepulveda, spoke out about wiretapping. Mr Sepulveda, who is currently being held in prison, claims to have worked with members of the Colombian military to read more



Arbitrary human rights violations in Puerto Asis

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

Following the announcement of a departmental strike, on the 1 September several members of the local organisation the Central Committee for Putumayo were arbitrarily detained and one has received death threats. The Central Committee for Putumayo works to create spaces for dialogue between the government and local social organisations read more



Refusing to be silenced in the fight for justice

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

KATY PROCTOR reports from a delegation to Colombia to support human rights defenders IN March 2012 two of my colleagues at Aslef, general secretary Mick Whelan and district officer Nigel Gibson, stood at the gates of El Buen Pastor prison in Bogota to applaud the release of Liliany Obando, a read more