The situation in Colombia remains disturbing amid a growing wave of violence and intimidation throughout the country, and countless murders of social leaders.

Abuse and the use of force are proving to be a structural problem. The tremendous escalation of violence in the country is largely due to a government that allows paramilitary groups – responsible for hundreds of murders of social, farming, and trade union leaders – to exist. The government is also disregarding one of the great milestones of the Peace Agreement, the Special Investigation Unit for the dismantling of paramilitary successor groups, unfortunately it has made little progress.

Recently, the Institute for Peace and Development Studies estimated that there were 60...

The International Coordination of Metro Trade Unions unanimously support the struggle that the SINTRAMETRO comrades have been waging since its creation and which intensified during the Covid pandemic19 .

It is worth recalling the trade union closure of the TRICENTENARIO station on 18 July due to the lack of protective measures on the part of the metro management and the authorities after several...

We are following with concern the situation in Colombia after the murder of lawyer Javier Ordóñez at the hands of two police officers.

Duque’s government is brutally repressing civil society mobilisations demanding justice, resulting in another ten deaths. In recent months, there have been plenty of cases of police brutality instigated by the government against demonstrators and during the long...

The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, made a new call to the international community to speak out before the growing wave of violence suffered by the people of the Republic of Colombia, under the complicit silence of the Government of President Iván Duque.

Through his account on the social network Twitter, @jaarreaza, the...

This week, UNI Graphical and Packaging and UNI Americas expressed their firm opposition to the decision taken by Graphic company Thomas Greg & Sons de Colombia to dismiss 25 workers. The decision was made by the company using the excuse of Covid-19, even though the company continued to work during the pandemic, especially on large contracts with the Colombian government.  

The vast...

This week, UNI Graphical and Packaging and UNI Americas expressed their firm opposition to the decision taken by Graphic company Thomas Greg & Sons de Colombia to dismiss 25 workers. The decision was made by the company using the excuse of Covid-19, even though the company continued to work during the pandemic, especially on large contracts with the Colombian government.  

The vast...

The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, warned on Tuesday about the need to “help Colombia” in the face of the wave of assassinations of social leaders that shakes the neighboring country, while condemning the inaction of the international community and the multilateral system on this situation.

“Last week in Colombia, one social leader was killed per day...

The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, condemned this Monday the “terrifying silence” of the international community before the massacre of social leaders and human rights defenders in Colombia, which has accumulated more than 100 deaths so far in 2020, according to statistics from the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), available on its...

The magazine Semana Friday published a special investigation showing that the Colombian Army spied on journalists who were reporting on the armed conflict and military corruption.

Foreign journalists who were monitored by Colombian security forces include the New York Times correspondent Nick Casey, freelance photographer Stephen Ferry, and Lynsey Addario.

Between February and December 2019...

Over the past week we’ve witnessed a government that prefers to violently repress protesters instead of holding a meaningful dialogue.

“The ITF condemns the Colombian government’s use of lethal force against protesters and the suppression of peaceful demonstrations across the country. It is another worrying example of the deterioration of human rights in the country,” said Crumlin.

The protests...

Tomorrow, a national strike has been called for in Colombia by a broad sector in civil society to protest against the government’s policies, the lack of progress in the implementation of the peace agreement with FARC-EP, the situation of violence, which affects indigenous and rural communities, the lack of guarantees for social leaders and ex-combatants, and corruption.

Organisations and social...