Category Archives: Social movements

Celebrating 35 years in favour of human rights

On 29th August the Popular Training Institute (IPC) celebrated 35 years of work in defence of human rights and the construction of a peaceful society. It was an important moment to commemorate this difficult struggle in a context of armed conflict and stigmatisation against defenders, to pay homage to those who have suffered threats and persecution for their work in support of human rights. Continue reading Celebrating 35 years in favour of human rights

Right to social protest in Chiriguaná, Cesar

Equipo Juridico Pueblos (EJP) believes that it is fundamentally important to accompany communities which have autonomously decided to exercise their right to social protest, as a way for them to be listened to and respond to the situations they are going through. In this case, the organisation is demanding justice for the murder of the professor and leader of the La Sierrita, El Cruce and La Estacion Council of Black Communities (Consesice), Naimen Augustin Lara, who died on 11th July 2016. Continue reading Right to social protest in Chiriguaná, Cesar

Criminalisation of social protest

In Colombia, 2013 was marked by important demonstrations[1] at which grave human rights abuses were committed, and the police and military authorities used excessive force.   At the initiative of the Foundation Committee in Solidarity with Political Prisoners (FCSPP), a hearing was held on 31st October at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on the situation of social protests in Colombia at which the petitioners (FCSPP, Asociación Campesina del Catatumbo (Ascamacat), Corporación Reiniciar, the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CCAJAR), the Comité Permanente por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (CPDH), and the Luis Carlos Pérez Lawyers’ Collective (CCALCP)) expressed their concern for the repression of social protest in Colombia.[2] Continue reading Criminalisation of social protest