Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie

Urgent Actions

May to July 2011: serious violations of trade union rights in Colombia

15 July 2011

During the period between May to July 2011,the  THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR TRADE UNION RIGHTS received the following reports from Colombia, including serious violations of trade union rights:

On 11 May, unionists members of the national transports’ union, branch Madrid Cundinamarca Department, were sacked by the bus transport company – SOTRAM S.A., in connection with their activism as members of the trade union.

Defender at risk after house break-in

11 May 2011

Information documenting human rights abuses was stolen from the home of Danilo Rueda, a Colombian human rights defender. He is a member of the organization Inter-Church Commission of Justice and Peace, whose members have previously received death threats.

Protect Threatened Afro-Colombian and Mestizo Communities in Curvarado and Jiguamiando

14 April 2011

April 14th 2011

This urgent action from the Latin American Working Group asks you to take action to protect the communities in resistence accompanied by PASC and Justicia y Paz.

Afro-Colombian and mestizo communities in Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó living in “Humanitarian Zones”–or areas where the peaceful civilians who declared themselves neutral in the conflict could be clearly differentiated from combatants–have come under great threat during this past week.

Paramilitary presence and acts to repopulate the region continue in Curvarado

15 December 2010

Second bad-faith invasion and occupation of collective properties, intense paramilitary presence, and steps taken to repopulate in new areas of Curvaradó collective territory.

The following is our most recent Historical Documentation and Ethical Censure to continued controlling paramilitary operations amidst Brigade Seventeen, between Brisas, Curvaradó and Ríosucio.

Arrest warrants for members of Jiguamiando and Curvarado communities

1 November 2010

Given the prosecution against human rights defenders and leaders who defend the right to truth, justice, reparation and restitution of lands, we urge human rights organizations in the United States and churches from around the world to require the United States Congress and State Department to abstain from endorsing or signing any trade agreement with Colombia, until there is a cessation of prosecution and a verification of the real, fair and effective restitution of the usurped lands.

Stalking, set-ups and attacks plotted against Justicia y Paz

28 September 2010

September 16th, 2010

In the morning of September 14th, the Comission of Justicia y Paz, an organization defending human rights, was informed that a concerted plan had been set up against them a few weeks ago. Stalking, telephone and electronic interceptions, the use of a smear campaign, a judiciary set-up and eventual attacks against life and physical integrity of members are part of the plan. This operation is settled in order to harm these human rights defenders: ABILO PEÑA, DANILO RUEDA and ALBERTO FRANCO.

Political Prisoners held at The Buen Pastor in Bogota

21 May 2010

Visitors subjected to degrading searches at “Buen Pastor” women’s prison in Bogotá The International Network in Solidarity with all Colombian Political Prisoners, INSPP supports the call for action initiated by the Political Prisoners held at The Buen Pastor Women's Prison and supported by Beyond the Walls.

CCFTA continues

23 April 2010

Unfortunately, on Monday 19th April, Liberals sided in one bloc with the Conservatives and voted in favor of the C-2 draft law on the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Colombia (CCFTA). Therefore, the draft went through the stage of second reading and is now sent back before the Standing Committee on International Trade. Obviously, PASC keeps on opposing the CCFTA. We will keep you informed on the future developments on this crucial issue, and thank everyone who has been involved in putting pressure on their MP against the agreement.


Today : Tell the MPs to vote NO to Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

20 April 2010

On Friday April, 16, a narrow majority of MPs (50 vs. 44) approved the Conservative government's undemocratic and under-handed motion to evoke closure on second reading debate of Bill C-2 (an Act to Implement the Canada Colombia Free Trade Agreement). Of the 44 MPs who opposed the Conservative motion, 24 are Liberals.

On Monday, April 19, at the end of the final day of debate on Bill C-2, Parliament will vote on approving second reading of Bill C-2. Urge the Liberal's MPs to vote NO !