Colombia Watch

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AFGJ Colombia work is centered around three things:

1)  Advocacy for an end to US support for war, repression and neoliberal economics in Colombia, and in favor of a political solution to the armed, social and political conflicts, with safety and the ability to thrive for political alternative organizations such as the Marcha Patriótica;

2)  Solidarity with FENSUAGRO (the National Unitary Federation of Agricultural Unions) and other labor unions that are targeted for violence and repression by transnational corporations, paramilitaries and the US funded and advised Colombian Armed Forces;

3)  Political prisoner solidarity work via our relationships with Lazos de Dignidad and other political prisoner solidarity organizations.

For more information send an email to James@AFGJ.org

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN COLOMBIA!

 

 


 

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REPORT ON COLOMBIAN FARM WORKERS TOUR OF THE UNITED STATES

Nidia at the site of the Haymarket rebellion, home of the 8 hour work day!

by Nidia Quintero, General Secretary of Fensuagro, The National Unitary Federation of Agricultural Workers Unions During the days of April 1-9, 2016, a tour was organized in certain cities of the United States by our companions in the Alliance for Global Justice, with whom we have had a solidarity agreement of support for human rights…

Wave of Right-Wing Violence Threatens Peace for Colombia

Klaus Zapata, 21, murdered by Colombian paramilitaries on March 6, 2016

by James Jordan Amid expectations of a successful completion of peace negotiations this month, Colombia has experienced a wave of paramilitary and military assaults. These have occurred while the leader of Colombia’s far right, ex-president Álvaro Uribe, has called for an April 2nd march against the negotiations. As extremists prepare to protest legally, their ideological…

The Guantanamo of Colombia: Pressure Mounts to Shut Down Notorious US-Funded Prison

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Originally published in Upside Down World Written by John Ocampo Friday, 29 January 2016 14:29 Photo: Inside La Tramacua prison. Image via Radio Macondo SIGN THE PETITION TO CLOSE LA TRAMACÚA, COLOMBIA’S US FUNDED TORTURE PRISON! The campaign to shut down Colombia’s infamous Establecimiento Penitenciario y Carcelario de Alta y Mediana Seguridad de Valledupar “La Tramacua”…

Message from Hubert Ballesteros, Colombian unionist and political prisoner, to North American labor and solidarity activists

Hubert "Huber" Ballesteros meets with AfGJ delegates and farming families in Cauca, Colombia

Originally published in Fight Back! News Versión en español The following message is a response to a series of questions posed to Hubert Ballesteros by James Jordan of the Alliance for Global Justice. Ballesteros was arrested while negotiating for the National Agrarian Strike of 2013 and charged with Rebellion. He was also serving on the…

If We Want to Save the World – An Internationalist Declaration

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The same imperialism that has caused so much damage to the Global South today continues expanding and threatening the whole planet. Consequently, the struggle for climate justice has converted into a struggle for the liberation of all workers, peasants, indigenous and ecosystems. The struggle against Empire is a struggle to save life on Earth. (Originally…

Delegation Report: Colombia Peace Talks Advancing in Cuba

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* This is a corrected version of an earlier publication that had misidentified Rodolfo Benitez, Ambassador for Cuba to the Colombia peace talks, and Enrique Santiago, legal advisor for the peace process. ¨Colombia Peace Talks Advancing in Cuba: Historic Opportunity to Negotiate a Lasting Peace¨ Cuba and the U.S. Move Toward Normalized Relations A report…

Support the Injured Colombian Workers!!!

by Paige Shell Spurling On February 16, 2015, 20 injured workers from the Colombian petroleum industry joined the injured Colombian General Motors workers in the tent encampment in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota that the GM workers have occupied for the last 3 ½ years. Many of their wives accompanied them, bringing the…

The Peace Process in Colombia—How the United States Can Help

Members of the CUT labor federation in Colombia march for peace in Colombia.

by James Jordan, Alliance for Global Justice Send an email to the White House and State Department demanding an end to extraditions that threaten Colombia’s peace process, and for Simón Trinidad aka Ricardo Palmera to be allowed to take his proper place at the negotiations. Click here to learn about AfGJ’s April 11-18, 2015 delegation…

Close Colombia’s La Tramacúa, US Funded and Designed Prison

Inside La Tramacúa, Colombian prison built with US funding and designs.

THE ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE DISTRIBUTES A PUBLIC DENUNCIATION AGAINST THE NATIONAL PENITENTIARY INSTITUE OF COLOMBIA (INPEC) FOR VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AGAINST PRISONERS OF “LA TRAMACÚA” PENITENTIARY IN VALLEDUPAR, DEPARTMENT OF CESAR – COLOMBIA, AND SUPPORTS AND DEMANDS THE IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF THIS PENITENTIARY CENTER, FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS Para leer la denuncia original…

 

Meet Colombia’s Marcha Patriótica and Lazos de Dignidad November 10 – 25

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Come hear representatives of Colombia’s  Marcha Patriótica (Patriotic March) and Lazos de Dignidad (Links of Dignity). The Patriotic March is Colombia’s largest Left movement for a just peace and a target of heavy repression, with over 60 of its leaders assassinated in just two years time. Lazos de Dignidad provides legal representation and human rights…

One of Many Saturdays in Prison – Colombia

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by Camilo Insuasty-Obando (Para leer el original en español, haga clic aquí) Camilo is an independent journalist and the son of Colombian political prisoner Liliany (Lily) Obando.  When he wrote this article, Lily had been released from her jail cell at Buen Pastor Women’s Penitentiary and was finishing the remaining months of her sentence in…

Imperio de Cárceles: cómo los Estados Unidos está extendiendo el encarcelamiento en masa alrededor del mundo

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por James Jordan, Alianza por la Justicia Global Traducción por Adrian Boutureira Sansberro In English Resumen… Este artículo explica cómo los Estados Unidos están exportando su modelo de encarcelamiento en masa y control social y político hacia al menos 25 países. Este ” imperialismo penitenciario” tiene sus raíces en el Programa de Mejoramiento del Sistema Penitenciario Colombiano…

Colombian Unionists Endure Mass Arrests, Bombings in April

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TAKE ACTION! The Alliance for Global Justice is very concerned about the April 17, 2014 detention of 17 agricultural workers and union members from the municipality of Leiva in the Colombian department of Nariño. This is one of a series of high profile arrests and mass detentions of union and peasant leaders that have occurred…

Coffee Workers Being Released–Just Peace Coffee Brigade CANCELED

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Just Peace Coffee Brigade CANCELED — Dolores Detainees are being released in time for coffee harvest! The Alliance for Global Justice, working with the Colombian human rights group, Lazos de Dignidad, and the Tolima Association of Peasant Workers (Astracatol), has been invited to organize a coffee picking brigade to Dolores, Tolima, a community threatened by…

Political prisoners, killings mount in Colombia as peace momentum slows

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Jailing of Francisco Toloza – In context By W. T. Whitney Jr. 2014 had barely begun. Already assassins had killed activist rapper Gerson Martínez, community leader Giovanny Leiton, the latter’s life partner, and unionist Ever Luis Marin Rolong. A police projectile thrown at Sintraelecol union president Óscar Arturo Orozco gravely injured his left eye. He…

Convocatoria para un día de solidaridad internacional con el proceso de paz del pueblo colombiano

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15 de Octubre, 2013:  Día de Solidaridad Internacional con el Proceso de Paz en Colombia Para más información:  james@afgj.org Esta Convocatoria proviene con el apoyo de la Marcha Patriótica, Lazos de Dignidad, FENSUAGRO, y el Comité Permanente en Defensa de los Derechos Humanos. Es el momento para que el mundo entero tome la firme decisión…

Colombian Unionists Speak Out about Repression in Tolima

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This six minute video is a production of the Alliance for Global Justice and Pan Left.  It features leaders of the Peasant Workers Association of Tolima (Astracatol), all of whom have since been arrested as a part of the recent government crackdown on Colombia’s labor, agrarian and popular movements.  Many AfGJ supporters will recognize the…

Hubert “Huber” Ballesteros Detained by Colombian Authorities – Major Blow to Labor and Peasant Movements / USW Letter in Support of Ballesteros

Hubert "Huber" Ballesteros meets with AfGJ delegates and farming families in Cauca, Colombia

YOUR ACTION NEEDED! We cannot stress enough how important this case is, and how vital is your solidarity. We have been asked, especially, that people make phone calls to the Colombian Embassy.  The Alliance for Global Justice is urging you to take TWO actions. 1)  Call the Colombian Embassy at: Tel: 202-387-8338 Fax: 202-232 8643…

WOMAN, MOTHER, POLITICAL PRISONER A Colombian Reality

WOMAN, MOTHER, POLITICAL PRISONER A Colombian Reality An Evening of Solidarity The International Network for Solidarity with the Political Prisoners of Colombia and the Alliance for Global Justice invite you to a presentation of “Beyond the Walls: A visit with the women of El Buen Pastor, Patio Six.” Accompanied by live Latin American music ‘Beyond…

Beyond the Walls – a Visit with Colombian Women Political Prisoners

This is a condensed version of Beyond the Walls, based on writings and testimonies of women political prisoners in Colombia.  Material was collected by former political prisoner, Liliany Obando and translated and arranged by the International Network in Solidarity with the Political Prisoners of Colombia.  The full version is one hour long.  This is just…

AfGJ Statement on Colombia’s Peace Process

The Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) have agreed to begin formal negotiations in October, in Norway. The People’s Liberation Army (ELN) is also expected to participate. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed this in an August 27, 2012 press statement. According to a media release by the Patriotic…

Peace Talks Begin in Colombia

by DANIEL KOVALIK  (Republished from Counterpunch) According to Colombia’s El Tiempo, 75% of Colombians want a dialogue between the Colombian government and the guerillas.    And, this stands to reason, for Colombia has been devastated by over 50 years of armed conflict which has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians (between 50 and…

Colombia’s Disappeared

by Dan Kovalik (From Counter Punch) The cover of Colombia’s Semana magazine depicts a photo which should warm the cockles of any decent heart: the indigenous people of Cauca carrying an armed soldier, one of many who had invaded their land, away from their town.

Threats Intensify against Colombia’s Largest Peasant Union

by James Jordan The US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is set to go into effect on May 15, 2012, based on the approval given by President Obama regarding Colombia’s “compliance” with the Labor Action Plan. When Pres. Obama talks about improved labor rights in the war torn country, no one must be more baffled than the…

One Last Stand Against Free Trade

The week we have all been fighting to avoid is finally upon us. Early this week, President Obama sent the three pending free trade bills to Congress for their approval. The free trade bills with Korea, Panama and Colombia are to be considered under “fast track” voting. Yesterday, the AFLCIO held a national call-in day…

AFL-CIO Oct. 4th Call-In Day Against Free Trade Pacts

The following alert was originally drafted by the AFL-CIO. Please see the action component below. Your representative in Congress is considering three dangerous new free trade agreements, with Colombia, Korea and Panama. With more than 25 million Americans desperately searching for full-time jobs, the last thing our leaders should focus on is trade deals that…

We Know Free Trade Kills Jobs

…and yet President Obama is still pushing forward the three pending free trade agreements. In his speech on jobs he cleverly slipped in a nod to the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, saying: “Now it’s time to clear the way for a series of trade agreements that would make it…

TODAY July 11th – National Call In Day Against Free Trade Agreements

This alert was originally circulated by Citizen’s Trade Campaign. This could be it. The Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and other pending trade deals could come up for a vote any day now unless our legislators really hear some resistance. So please participate in a National Call-in Day, TODAY, Monday, July 11. Today, hundreds of…

Colombia, South Korea and Panama Free Trade Deals Move Forward!

According to an article in the Washington Post yesterday, the package of three free trade deals is moving forward. The president of the Chamber of Commerce is even “optimistic” about having the agreements in place by July 1st. Currently, the Republicans are causing some delay over the “Trade Adjustment Assistance Program” meant to assist the…

AFGJ Enters La Tramacúa Prison Following Brutal Beatings of Inmates

There have been two critical developments in the LA TRAMACÚA PRISON, which was built with U.S. funds and input. We have learned of a brutal eight hour attack against the striking prisoners at La Tramacúa. The attacks occurred this weekend and have left five people in the hospital and at least 30 persons in need…

Terrible Conditions Persist in Colombian Prison – Strike Continues

The terrible situation at La Tramacúa (the High Security Penitentiary of Valledupar, Colombia) continues. Thanks so much to AFGJ supporters who sent emails about this situation. Already, international pressure has had some effect. On Saturday, May 14th, the Regional Public Defender’s office visited the prison and verified the grave and unsanitary conditions.

Torture and Abuse at La Tramacua Penitentiary in Colombia

VALLEDUPAR, COLOMBIA–LIVES AT RISK! The Alliance for Global Justice has received alarming news from our Colombian partners, Traspasa los Muros, about torture, deprivation of water, filthy conditions and other abuses. We are particularly worried about the life and well-being of Hernan Rodriguez Diaz who has been the victim of torture and beatings since he began…

Act NOW to Stop US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement!

The White House announced on Wednesday, April 6th, that US and Colombian negotiators have reached agreement on all points regarding the pending Free Trade Agreement. With ample support from both parties in Congress, a vote is expected to come quickly. Outside Congress, the situation is the opposite: recent polls show over 60% opposition to new…

Solidarity with Prisoners of Empire in Puerto Rico and Colombia

The Alliance for Global Justice is calling on all supporters of a just peace in Colombia and Puerto Rico to take action in defense of political prisoners in both these nations. Truly, they are Prisoners of Empire, imprisoned for their opposition to US policies that advance the interests of the wealthy and powerful, but hurt…

Christmas Gifts for the Children of Political Prisoners

The International Network in Solidarity with the Colombian Political Prisoners (INSPP) is collecting donations to buy holiday presents for children of Colombia’s political prisoners. (The Alliance for Global Justice is a part of the INSPP.) Many of these children are not only suffering the effects of having their parents taken from them, but they have…

Demand Humane Treatment of Prisoners

At La Tramacua Prison in Valledupar, Colombia (designed and advised by the US Bureau of Prisons), temperatures get as high as 105 degrees, with no form of cooling, but prisoners are granted access to water only 10 minutes a day. There are no sanitary toilets and open sewage runs by the kitchen. Fecal contamination of…

Join Noam Chomsky, Others: Free Lily!

Noam Chomsky, labor writer David Bacon, Sanctuary Movement and No More Deaths Founder, Rev. John Fife and immigrant rights organizer, Isabel García are among those calling for freedom for Colombian Political Prisoner, Liliany Obando. Would you join them by endorsing a Friend of the Court statement on behalf of Ms. Obando that will be submitted…

Activists Block Entrance to Military Base in Colombia

The following is an alert from our friends at SOA Watch, who are currently involved in blocking a military base in Colombia to demand the withdrawal of US troops from the country. Please support them by following the action request below. A group of nine SOA Watch activists is currently in Colombia to confront the…

Uribe Criticized for Thwarting Regional Dialogue on Colombian Conflict

AFGJ recently released the following press release. Below the release you will also find the text of a letter that was sent to OAS in regards to the issue. A coalition of human rights and social justice organizations today criticized the administration of outgoing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for its recent attempt to thwart the…

Inhumane Treatment of Colombian Political Prisoners

The Alliance for Global Justice has, for some time, been following the situation at the maximum security prison in Valledupar, Department of Cesar, Colombia. The conditions there are deplorable. For instance, inmates are allowed access to water only 10 minutes a day, being forced to collect water in buckets coming out of pipes at a…

Join Our Delegation to Colombia

The Alliance for Global Justice will be leading a delegation to Colombia August 1-11. We are being hosted by Fensuagro, the largest organization of farmers and farm workers in Colombia, and by Traspaso los Muros/Beyond the Walls, a solidarity organization made up of political prisoners and their allies. The delegation will occur shortly after the…

Join the AFGJ Delegation to Colombia!

Eyewitness Investigation–Is the US Funding a War on Colombian Farmers? August 1 through 11, 2010 This will be a working delegation, producing a comprehensive report on conditions faced by Colombian farmers and how these are affected by US policies. We will collect testimonies and investigate how rural, indigenous and Afro-Colombian lands are being cleared for…

Colombian Community Garden Fumigated

Tell the US to stop supporting the destruction of Colombian communities! Action Request Below This alert was originally released by Jenzera. Pacific Coast, Colombia-The Eperara Siapidaara People Condemn the Destruction of their Community Plots On March 16, 2010 several anti-narcotics police planes sprayed with chemicals the communal gardens and plots of the Eperara Siapidaara women…

Threats Against Colombian Political Prisoner

Urgent action needed! The International Network in Solidarity with Colombian Political Prisoners (of which the Alliance for Global Justice is a member) is calling for people to take urgent action on behalf of Liliany Obando, a Colombian political prisoner, regarding human rights abuses and threats against her. Liliany Obando is being subjected to a campaign…

Legal Defense of Liliany Obando, Colombian Political Prisoner

We have received an urgent request for financial support regarding the legal defense of Liliany Obando, a Colombian labor unionist, human rights activist, independent filmmaker and political prisoner. We need to raise $1,000 as quickly as possible to cover expenses regarding the collection of evidence vital to her case, which goes back in session in…

Stop the Displacement of Indigenous Farmers!

The Alliance for Global Justice has received word that the popular occupation of Piñuña Negro continues and is in dire need of international support. Indigenous, AfroColombian and farming community members have amassed at the Police Inspector’s office–the highest governmental authority in the area–to demand negotiations to stop coca eradication efforts until the government makes good…

International Day in Solidarity with Colombia’s Political Prisoners

September 12, 2009 Campaign for Labor Rights ACTION ALERT Colombia’s Permanent Campaign in Solidarity with the Political Detainees “Behind the Walls” and the International Network in Solidarity with Colombia’s Political Prisoners are calling on organizations around the world to participate in an International Day in Solidarity with Colombia’s Political Prisoners on October 1st, 2009. Throughout…