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    Killing of local Ombudsman and human rights lawyer Paula Rocero - The Caravana is very concerned about the murder of Paula Andrea Rocero Ordóñez, local ombudsman of the municipality of Samaniego and human rights lawyer. She was murdered on 20 May 2019 whilst driving home in Samaniego, Nariño. Ms Rocero was shot seven times by motorcyclists and died shortly after being taken to hospital. Her death demonstrates the […]
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    Sponsored Walk – 16 May 2019 - Join us to walk in support of human rights defenders in Colombia. The 10km walk will start at Millennium Bridge, meeting at the HSBC gates on the north side just before the bridge. The walk will take us along the north side of the Thames, following the Thames Path, to Island Gardens and then through […]
    Continued threats against human rights lawyer Juan Bautista Rivas Ramos in connection with involvement in the case of his father’s murder - We are extremely concerned to hear that human rights lawyer Juan Bautista Rivas Ramos was forced to leave Colombia for the United States of America due to continued threats and harassment, including surveillance, harassing phone calls, and death threats. The threats were allegedly connected to his petition before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights submitted […]
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    Joint press release – International lawyers observe “12 Apostles” trial of Santiago Uribe Vélez - **JOINT PRESS STATEMENT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** –  Spanish version at the end of the document –   Medellín, Colombia 10 April 2019   International lawyers observe “12 Apostles” trial of Santiago Uribe Vélez   Representatives from the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and the Colombian Caravana (UK) have returned to Medellin to […]
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    Colombia: Seeking justice, building peace and post-conflict illusion – Report of the Sixth International Caravana of Jurist - The International Caravana of Jurists travelled to Colombia at the beginning of September 2018, to ascertain the impact that the peace process has had on the work of human rights lawyers and the dynamics of the conflict. Since 2008, the Caravana has organised six international biannual delegations to Colombia in fact-finding missions to monitor the […]
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    Protective measures for human rights lawyer Adil Meléndez -   The Colombian Caravana, the Foundation of the Spanish National Bar Association (Fundación de la Abogacía), the International Observatory of Lawyers, Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, concerned about the downscaling of protection measures provided to human rights lawyer, Adil Meléndez. Adil Melendez is a human rights lawyer from the Caribbean area, who works […]
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    Left, picture of Domingo José Rivas. Right, picture of his son, also a lawyer at the office of the IACHR submitting evidence for this case.
    Caravana concerned about the impunity in the assassination of lawyer Domingo José Rivas Coronado - The Caravana sent a letter to the Colombian General Prosecutor concerned for the impunity regarding the assassination of human rights lawyer Domingo José Rivas Coronado. We are very concerned that there is continued impunity in the case of the murder of human rights lawyer, Domingo José Rivas Coronado who was assassinated on 13 May 1990, in the […]
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    Caravana concerned about risks faced by lawyers of Equipo Jurídico Pueblos - Colombian Caravana writes a letter to Colombian Authorities concerned for further threats and harassment towards Ms Gloria Silvia and members of Equipo Jurídico Pueblos (EJP) and other human rights defenders. The Caravana urged the Attorney General to take steps to safeguard the members of the EJP as well as other human rights lawyers and defenders. Read […]
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    Global Britain and South America Inquiry - The Colombian Caravana submitted its report to the Global Britain and South America inquiry by the Foreign Affairs Committee into how the UK can ensure its policy towards South America is targeted most effectively. In the submission, the Caravana focused on the current status of the Peace Process and the challenges that have emerged since the signing […]
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    Joint letter in support of Daniel Prado, lawyer in the “12 Apostles” case - The Caravana and several other organisations sent a joint letter to President Iván Duque expressing concern for the safety of human rights lawyer Daniel Prado Albarracín. Mr Prado is representing victims of human rights violations in the case of the ”12 Apostles”. Santiago Uribe Vélez, brother of former president and current senator Álavaro Uribe Vélez, […]
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    TRIAL OBSERVATION 12 APOSTLES CASE (PRESS RELEASE / NOTA DE PRENSA) - (en español a continuación)   Medellin, Colombia 6 December 2018   International lawyers attend hearings to observe the trial of Santiago Uribe Velez in the case of the alleged paramilitary group the “12 Apostles”   The Colombian Caravana has begun observation of the trial of Santiago Uribe Velez in the case of the “12 Apostles” […]
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    Make peace the new normal, sign the pledge! - In Colombia, violence is escalating. For human rights defenders and community leaders, attacks and threats are part of their day-to-day lives. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Join with others around the world today and together we will declare that we want to make peace the new normal. Colombians deserve to live free from […]
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    Looking for a treasurer to join our board! - Are you an accounting professional looking to put your skills to good use? Do you believe that legal professionals should be able to exercise their profession without facing harassment, threats, and violence? Do you value the legal frameworks that protect and promote human rights? Do support justice, accountability, and peace? Maybe you even have a […]
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    November 28: Dance, sing and gather together for peace and justice at Out Loud for Colombia - Save the date! On November 28, the Colombian Caravana is organising Out Loud for Colombia at East London’s independent arts centre Rich Mix. This celebratory fundraiser will support the vital work of human rights lawyers and defenders. Come grab a drink, dance, sing and gather together in support of the search for peace and justice in […]
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    Open civil society letter championing human rights defenders for Nobel Peace Prize - 9 December 2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of the UN’s Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs). Since 1998, 3000 human rights defenders have been killed for defending the fundamental values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is an ideal and opportune moment to recognise and celebrate the efforts of these extraordinary […]
  • Confidential court cases in Cartagena are stacked in the courthouse's corridors - open to the general public. PRESS RELEASE – COMUNICADO DE PRENSA – 6 SEPT. 2018 - (en español a continuación) 20 International lawyers and human rights experts are in Colombia as members of the International Caravana of Jurists in defence of human rights, as violence escalates and new presidency begins. From 1 to 8 September 2018, 20 international lawyers and human rights experts, from six countries, are in Colombia for an […]
  • Colombia-Nariño-departamentos Concern about systematic murder of lawyers and human rights defenders in Nariño: Carlos Jimmy Prado Gallardo - The Caravana sent a letter of concern regarding the murder of Carlos Jimmy Prado Gallardo, human rights defender and social leader from the department of Nariño. Carlos had previously approached the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office in relation to death threats he had been receiving. Nariño is one of the most affected areas in Colombia in terms […]
  • Captura de pantalla 2018-07-10 a las 17.30.47 Action: Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion on Colombia - An Early Day Motion (EDM) has been tabled in the UK parliament which supports the Caravana‘s call to support the peace agreement and to protect lawyers, judges and human rights defenders in Colombia, given the concerning rise of violence against them. The EDM also calls for progress in the investigation into the murder of the human […]
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/luchilu/ Concern about the peace process and violence against HRDs - Letter of support of the peace process in Colombia and of concern for the high levels of violence against human rights defenders and social leaders. As members of the international community, we state our support for the Peace Accords and the demands of victims of the conflict for truth, justice, means of reparation, and guarantees of […]
  • Sara and Jeffrey at Fiscalia 6th Colombian Caravana Delegation – Apply now! - VI Caravana Internacional de Juristas a Colombia 1-8 septiembre 2018 Transición a la paz: ¿exitosa o en peligro? A invitación de los abogados y las abogadas defensores y defensoras de derechos humanos de Colombia, tendrá lugar la sexta Caravana Internacional de Juristas a Colombia entre el 1 y 8 de septiembre de 2018. El proceso […]
  • cc-113 The launch of the 6th Colombian Caravana Delegation – Thursday 26th April 2018 - What is the context for lawyers in Colombia as elections loom and the peace agreement remains precarious?   Hear from Colombian lawyer, Luis Guillermo Perez from CAJAR, and from UK-based human rights lawyers about why international solidarity is as important as ever.   What can UK lawyers do? Would you like to join this year’s […]
  • Principles of Peace Community St José de Apartadó Peace Community of San José de Apartadó continues to face difficulties - Colombian Caravana member, David Palmer, attended a roundtable meeting with the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó on 13 February organised by Peace Brigades International UK. In this guest post, he gives an account of some of the challenges the Peace Community face, as shared by German Graciano Posso, legal representative of the Peace […]
  • Caravana Delegates in Buenaventura Support Rommel to find justice for his brother - Rommel Durán Castellanos is a human rights lawyer and defender, president of Corporación Equipo Jurídico Pueblos. His brother Eduardo Andés Martínez Castellanos was murdered on 17 January 2016, but he has no information on the progress made in the investigation. here you can find a letter to send to the local prosecutor in Bucaramanga You can also […]
  • Copy of cc-30 Rommel Duran visits Europe – London events Monday 19th and Monday 26th March - We are pleased to invite you to two public events to meet Rommel Duran Castellanos, Colombian human rights lawyer and defender at risk, president of Corporación Equipo Jurídico Pueblos (The Peoples’ Legal Team). This will be a unique opportunity to talk to Rommel and discuss first hand his work on behalf of victims of serious human […]
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  • N7pSd1517591412 International concerned on attacks against members of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó - 64 International organisations, including the Colombian Caravana, have joint a Peace Brigades International letter to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, concerned primarily with the security guarantees of members of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, following an attempt on the life of its legal representative, German Graciano Posso, and another member of […]
  • addtext_com_MTA1MjUxNjcwMw Caravana concerned for Gilberto Torres’ safety - Caravana, War on Want and University of Sussex wrote to the National Protection Unit (UNP) requesting protection measures for Gilberto Torres. Gilberto is a union leader of Unión Sindical Obrera de la Industria del Petróleo (USO) who was kidnapped by paramilitaries in Casanare in 2002. He returned to Colombia in the spring of 2016. However, he continues to […]
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    Caravana’s shadow report to Colombia’s Universal Periodic Review - In May Colombia’s human rights record will be reviewed by all UN member states through the Human Rights Council mechanism, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Colombia will declare what action it has taken to improve the human rights situation and to fulfill its human rights obligations. The Caravana submitted its own shadow report, to bring forward the challenges legal professionals […]
  • Gilberto Torres - oil_and_assassins_2 Hindrances to Access to a Remedy in Business-related Cases in Colombia: The Case of Gilberto Torres - On 2 October 2017, Piergiuseppe Parisi and Gareth Sims presented a paper titled ‘Hindrances to Access to a Remedy in Business-related Cases in Colombia: The Case of Gilberto Torres’ at the conference The Responsibility of Home States, the European Union, and International Organizations in the area of Business and Human Rights and Testimonies from Communities […]
  • Colombian Caravana Concert (third final) Out loud for Colombia – Fundraiser concert Thursday 23 November, The Victoria (Dalston) - We are celebrating the first anniversary of the peace agreement with a fundraiser concert on Thursday 23rd November at The Victoria. Really amazing artist will be sharing their music in solidarity with Colombia: Slip Digby (click on the name to listen to their music) Slip Digby are a four piece of men from all over The […]
  • Oidhaco public statement 6 peasant farmers dead and 20 injured in Tumaco on 5 October - Oidhaco and some member organisations have released a public statement on violence committed against peasant farmers protesting in Tumaco on 5th October 2016, which resulted in 6 dead and 20 injured. Land farmers were protesting against the forced eradication of coca crops and demanding the implementation of the National Comprehensive Program for the Substitution of Crops for Illicit Use – regulated in Decree 893 of 2017. The community had signed an agreement of […]
  • arton8339-5f4d5 Soraya Gutiérrez from CAJAR received further threats and harassment - Caravana and other organisations part of the International Caravana of Jurist concerned to hear about aggressions towards human rights lawyer Soraya Gutierrez Arguello. The Colombian Caravana UK Lawyers Group and other  are very concerned to hear of further threats and harassment towards human rights lawyer Soraya Gutierrez Arguello, member of José Alvear Restrepo lawyers collective (CAJAR). In 2005 Soraya received a dismembered doll painted […]
  • GbPUu1504797141 Caravana and other five international organizations concerned about an attack on premises of Luis Carlos Pérez lawyers collective in Cucuta - During our last delegation, the Caravana was informed about security incidents that have taken place since 2005 against CCALCP members as well as their offices and infrastructure in Cúcuta and Bucaramanga. Over forty incidents of attacks and other threats against CCALCP remain in complete impunity, despite CCALCP’s efforts to advance their complaints towards a thorough […]
  • olga_Silva-3 Human rights Lawyer Olga Silva visited London last June – available in English and Spanish - As the members of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (Fuerzas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC) are handing over all of their weapons, which was a key condition in last year’s peace accord, dedicated Colombian human rights lawyer Olga Silva urges international communities to ensure that this disarmament is more than merely symbolic. She talked to […]
  • Rommel-en-crcel-e1407754854222-220x126 Caravana concerned about risks faced by members of Equipo Jurídico Pueblos, including detention of Rommel Durán - Caravana and other five international organizations concerned about risks faced by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos, including recent detention of human rights lawyer Rommel Durán and other two human rights defenders The Caravana and five other international organisations (all of whom are members of the International Caravana of Jurists) are deeply concerned to learn that on 1 July, whilst protesting […]
  • Captura de pantalla 2017-09-27 a las 13.53.19 Peace but no respite - Do not miss this article published at the Solicitors Journal by young Caravanista Rishi Joshi, reflecting on Jorge Molano’s recent talk at the Law Society on the current situation for lawyers and access to justice in Colombia. “It’s all too easy to be shocked by the human rights abuses taking place around the world without […]
  • PLdIn1497508763 Caravana and other international organisations concerned about risk faced by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos - The Caravana and five other international organisations (all of whom are members of the International Caravana of Jurists) are concerned about the increase of threats and aggression towards a group of lawyers named Equipo Juridico Pueblos, and about the lack of adequate protection measures granted by the Colombian government to ensure that they can continue their work without fear for […]
  • 2017-05-17 17.16.17 Jorge Molano en Law Society Beyond the peace-agreement: Jorge Molano talks at the Law Society - Human Rights lawyer Jorge Molano, from Colombian law firm and NGO dhColombia – Red de Defensores y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos – spoke at the Law Society of England and Wales on 17th May 2017, invited as part of the programme Lawyers at Risk. He raised concerns over how the signing of the peace agreement […]
  • addtext_com_MTE0MjQyMTA4NDc0 Letter in support of Equipo Juridico Pueblos’ request for urgent intervention in the Chiriguaná case - Along with five other organisations of lawyers around the world that are part of the International Caravana of Jurists, the Caravana has sent a letter to the Colombian Public Prossecutor Office (Fiscalía) in support of Equipo Juridico Pueblos’ request for urgent intervention in the Chriguaná case.  We are concerned about the reports of violence by […]
  • huila1 Letter in support of Gilberto Torres request for protection measures - The Caravana is concerned about Gilberto Torres’ safety and has written to the Colombian authorities in support of his request for protection measures. Gilberto is a union leader of Unión Sindical Obrera de la Industria del Petróleo (USO) who was kidnapped by paramilitaries in Casanare in 2002. After being kept captive for 42 days, he was released, but […]
  • concern Cali Urgent alert: serious concern about killings and attacks against lawyers in Cali, Valle del Cauca department - The Caravana, along with 34 lawyers’ organisations around the world, have sent an urgent alert to the Colombian authorities regarding their serious concern about threats and attacks against lawyers in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, including the killing of lawyer Jhon Fredy Concha Valbuena and the attempted killing of lawyer Jorge Enrique Belalcázar Gutiérrez in January and February […]
  • Emilsen Caravana concerned about murder of HRD Emilsen Manyoma and her partner - The Caravana has submitted a letter to the Colombian government concerning the brutal murder of community leader Emilsen Manyoma Mosquera and her partner Joe Javier Rodallega in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca. “We call upon the Government to make a public statement condemning this assassination and begin a full and impartial investigation into the incident”. Click […]
  • Dejusticia-intervention Caravana intervenes in case on public’s right to access information - The Caravana has recently submitted a written intervention in a case before the Consejo de Estado concerning the public’s right to access information held by the intelligence services. The challenge has been brought by a Colombian legal NGO, Dejusticia (Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Justicia y Sociedad), and the Caravana’s intervention was submitted on its […]
  • Report in Spanish-English What is the situation of Human Rights lawyers and defenders in Colombia? - In Colombia, it is precarious work representing victims of human rights violations and their families who have for many years demanded that their fundamental right to the truth be respected. Lawyers and human rights defenders who work tirelessly seeking effective investigations into extrajudicial executions and massacres face threats, attacks and stigmatisation from State and non-State actors […]
  • oidhaco OIDHACO welcomes the commencement of peace discussion with the ELN - The Colombian Caravana are members of Oidhaco, a European-wide human rights network. Read the network’s statement welcoming the start of peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the ELN guerrilla group. Tweet
  • cropped-cropped-cropped-header11.jpg Colombian Caravana is recruiting a Consultant Coordinator - Consultancy – Caravana Project Management 2017-18 The Colombian Caravana is seeking a freelance consultant to project manage and coordinate crucial elements of our strategy for 2017-18. Are you highly self-motivated, fluent in Spanish and English, with great relationship management skills? Do you have an eye for detail, superb organisation skills, and a calm approach? Are […]
  • oidhaco OIDHACO seriously concerned about killings of HRD - The International Office for Human Rights – Action on Colombia (OIDHACO) expresses grave concern regarding the wave of violence perpetrated against human rights defenders (HRDs), social leaders and members of political movements during the first weeks of 2017, leaving at least 11 dead. Read press release here Spanish version here   Tweet
  • aldemar-assassination Assasination of social leader Aldemar Parra García - On 23 January 2017, the Caravana along with 94 organisations around the world condemn the assassination of social leader Aldemar Parra García in the mining region of Cesar and urge the Colombian authorities to not treat it as an isolated incident, and to undertake – in line with the peace agreements – effective actions to crack down on and […]
  • Indigenous declarationwebsite Legal analysis on indigenous peoples’ rights - This report, written by Paul Joffe, highlights the minimum standards for indigenous peoples’ rights, by analysing the interaction between the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (adopted in 2016 by the OAS) and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2008). The author argues that the minimum […]
  • col-car Action: Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion on Colombia - An Early Day Motion (EDM) has been tabled supporting the Caravana‘s call for the protection of lawyers, judges and human rights defenders in Colombia, and supporting the recommendations of the Caravana’s recently-published 2016 report. Read the text of the Early Day Motion here Please ask your MP to sign the EDM. See sample letter to […]
  • Delegates in Medellin Inter-American Court finds Colombian State responsible for abuses during Operación Orion in Medellin - The Inter-American Court of Human rights has found the Colombian state responsible for human rights abuses committed during the October 2002 Colombian military operation in the Comuna 13 marginalised district of Medellín, known as “Operation Orion”. The state affirmed that the aim of the operation was to drive out the FARC and ELN operating in the are, however, hundreds […]
  • oidhaco OIDHACO concerned about rise in HRD killings - The Caravana are members of the OIDHACO network of 35 organisations working in Europe for Human Rights in Colombia. On the International Human Rights Day, OIDHACO and its members issued a statement expressing their deep concern about the wave of murders, attacks and threats that have taken place in recent weeks against Human Rights defenders […]
  • express-newsarticledec16 Colombian Caravana in UK’s largest Spanish Weekly Newspaper - The launch of our fifth report was a success. We not only brought together around 100 people and invited Reynaldo Villalba, an eminent Colombian human rights Lawyer, to present the current situation of human rights lawyers in Colombia but also appeared in the largest Spanish Weekly Newspaper in the UK. The Express News participated in our launch […]
  • news-jail-mainpic Caravana’s members visit Colombian Prision - In August 2016, Caravana delegates Elisabeth Andresen and Emily Soothill, visited the Palogordo prison– 21 km away from Bucaramanga, as part of the regional visit of the International Caravana of Jurists to Bucaramanga. They  had the opportunity to meet with human rights lawyers from the organisation Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and were given unprecedented access to the inner-workings of Palogordo […]
  • C-memoria-website New Colombia peace agreement approved but killings of HRDS continue - The Colombian government and the Farc rebel group announced a new peace agreement, six weeks after the original deal was rejected in a popular vote, and signed last 24th of November at the Teatro Colón in Bogotá. The agreement was also approved with overwhelming majority by both the Colombian Congress and Senate. The new agreement […]