Colombia human rights update June 2024

Ongoing violence in several regions of Colombia continued impacting communities throughout June, particularly rural zones with large indigenous, African-Colombian and peasant populations. Although the government… Read More

The Petro government’s social reforms: what is their current status?

Tackling the gaping inequality that mires millions of people in economic difficulties was one of the driving factors behind the election of President Gustavo Petro’s… Read More

Trade unionist Lina Montilla Díaz promotes peace and worker rights at union conferences

JFC brought Colombian trade unionist Lina Montilla Díaz to England over 9-20 June so that she could take part in annual conferences of the GMB,… Read More

Victory for trade unions and students at Colombia’s National University strike

Trade unions and student organisations have celebrated a victory at Colombia’s largest higher education public institution, the National University (UNAL) in Bogota, after university… Read More

Teacher unions end strike over changes to education reform

The Federation of Colombian Educators (FECODE), Colombia’s largest single-sector trade union organisation, has ended strike action after a modified education reform bill was shelved on… Read More

NEU condemns persecution of FECODE teacher trade unionist Martha Alfonso

The National Education Union (NEU) has contacted Colombia’s presidential office to express its support for Martha Alfonso, International Secretary of the Federation of Colombian Educators… Read More

Colombia human rights update May 2024

Violence continued to impact communities in many parts of Colombia throughout May, as several social activists were killed. Among those targeted were government supporters, community… Read More

UCU backs trade union campaign to respect democratic vote at Bogota’s National University

The University and College Union (UCU) has given backing to higher education unions in Colombia over their campaign around the recent election of a new… Read More

Armed assailants murder member of USO oil workers trade union

A trade unionist in the USO oil workers union, Jhon Jarry Vargas Sarabia, was shot dead in Tibú, Norte de Santander, on Thursday 9 May. Read More

The progressive campaign for peace and social justice in Colombia

This article was previously published in Labour Outlook and The Morning Star newspaper. As the head of the first progressive government in Colombian history… Read More