General Rito Alejo del Rio was released on 27 September, under the Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP). Alejo del Rio, known as the ‘Pacifier’ of Uraba, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for one of the horrific murders carried out by paramilitaries during their violent takeover of Uraba in Choco in 1997. Continue reading Victims speak about the release of General Rito Alejo del Rio
Last June, when we were accompanying the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (CIJP) in the Humanitarian Zone, Camelias (Curvaradó), I met a young boy from the Humanitarian Zone Nueva Esperanza (Cacarica). Continue reading CAVIDA, process of non-violent resistance, for dignified life on the land
PBI is proud to announce that four of the organisations we accompany have been selected as finalists for the National Human Rights Prize, Diakonia 2017. Continue reading Finalists for the Diakonia Human Rights Prize 2017
Each year there is a ceremony for the National Human Rights Defense Award in Colombia. The award, organised by Diakonia Suecia seeks to recognise, highlight and applaud the work of individual defenders, processes, organisations and human rights NGOs that carry out their work in vulnerable and risky conditions. Continue reading Eight nominees for the National Human Rights Award are accompanied by PBI
Causes for concern are the wave of assassinations and the serious situation of risk that human rights defenders, social and political leaders are facing in Colombia and the rise of the neo-paramilitary phenomenon in Colombia during the beginning of the post-agreement phase of the peace process.