Tag Archives: José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective

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

Murder of trade union leader Jorge Dario Hoyos Franco

Since 2002, the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CCAJAR) has represented the relatives of Jorge Dario Hoyos Franco, a trade union, civic and community leader, and member of the Union Patriotica Movement, who advised on the creation of different trade union organisations, conflict resolution and collective negotiations with many other unions inside Colombia and abroad. Continue reading Murder of trade union leader Jorge Dario Hoyos Franco