Campaigns: Support Colombian objectors

Despite 50 years of armed conflict, a new movement for conscientious objection is emerging in Colombia. This page contains links to CO testimony and to recent WRI alerts and reports on the situation of conscientious objectors in Colombia.


CO Alerts

12 Jun 2017
English

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Good news!

Diego Blanco - who was originally recruited in December of last year in Medellín, Colombia - is now free, following support from local Colombian conscientious objector groups, international solidarity and lobbying of military recruitment authorities.

08 May 2017
English

Un mensaje de los partidarios del OC en Colombia:

"Recordamos que aún Diego Blanco se encuentra reclutado. El ejercito a dilatado el proceso haciéndolo mas lento de lo que corresponde. en estos momentos ya se debería tener una respuesta del desacuartelamiento de Diego Blanco, lo que hasta el momento se han quedado en palabras dilatoria como les venia contando.

24 Mar 2017
English

Conscientious Objector Diego Fernando Blanco López from Colombia was illegally recruited by the Colombian army, despite his right to postpone due to being a student. He is currently being forced to serve in the Grupo de Caballeria Mecanicado No 4 Juan de Corral of the Colombian Army in Rionegro, Antioquia.

17 Sep 2014
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Last week we issued a CO Alert for Jhonatan David Vargas Becerra, who was arrested for 'desertion' by the police on 4 September in the city of<

11 Sep 2014
English

Conscientious objector Jhonatan David Vargas Becerra was arrested by the police on 4 September in the city of Barrancabermeja, Santander.

28 Jun 2014
Spanish

JEFFERSON SHAYANNE ACOSTA ORTIZ, es un objetor de conciencia reclutado por autoridades militares del Grupo de Caballería Mecanizado No. 18 “General Gabriel Reveiz Pizarro” ubicado en Saravena Arauca y retenido en contra de su voluntad hasta la fecha en estas instalaciones militares.

10 Oct 2013
Spanish

Diego Arbey León Hurtado está reclutado en una zona de conflicto armado en Colombia. Está recibiendo fuertes presiones para que abandone sus creencias noviolentas y antimilitaristas. La Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia lo está acompañando y espera que en pocos dias le devuelvan a la libertad. En caso de querer apoyar escribir cartas de solidaridad a Diego o de presión a los militares al correo juliano@objetoresbogota.org.

01 Dec 2010
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War Resisters' International has been informed by Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia ACOOC about the detention of conscientious objector Jose Luis Peña.

26 Oct 2010
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War Resisters' International has been informed by its Colombian affiliate Red Juvenil de Medellin about the recruitment by force of conscientious objector Juan Diego Agudelo.

03 Sep 2009
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War Resisters' International has been working for month for the release from military service of conscientious objector Cristian Camilo Henao Suaza.

Cristian Camilo Henao Suaza was recruited on 7 October 2008 against his will, and is presently serving as regular conscript in the infantry unit No 32 of Batallon Pedro Justo Berrio in Medellin, Colombia. He was recruited although he had made clear to the soldiers recruiting him that his conscience does not allow him to serve in any military.

Other posts

08 Nov 2010
English

A batida in MedellinA batida in MedellinWar Resisters' International received reports from several of its partners in Colombia that batidas - the recruitment of young men in raids on the streets - are continueing. Some of those recruited during recent batidas declared their conscientious objection, and two are listed on WRI's Prisoners for Peace Honour Roll 2010.

01 Oct 2010
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Sentence of the Constitutional Court from 14 October 2009 finally published

25 Aug 2010
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‘Haga que pase’: Make it happen! The short documentary 'Mi FinK' shows the process of community organization and resistance. This participatory action arose in the face of vulnerability to losing the land: one of the few things that keep the community united and free. Since the abolition of slavery in Colombia, the land has sustained the food supply and the economy of the Afrodescendant people of Villa Rica. Today the sugar companies dominate the area, planting sugar cane as a monoculture, thereby forcing out the traditional small farms of the region.

17 Aug 2010
English

Report on a visit to Colombia in May/June 2010

Andreas Speck, War Resisters' International's Right to Refuse to Kill programme worker1, visited Colombia from 19 May until 12 June 2010. During his visit, he spoke at two conferences on conscientious objection, and visited groups and individuals working on CO in Bogota, Sincelejo, Medellin, Cali, Villa Rica, and Barrancabermeja.

05 Aug 2010
English

During its 99th session, the Human Rights Committee also considered the periodic report of Colombia. On the issue of conscientious objection, the Colombian delegation was requested to provide more particulars on conscientious objectors and what protections were in place for them until the law concerning this matter was adopted. The Committee referred to the ruling of the Constitutional Court, had handed down nine months ago, but there was still no written ruling.

28 Jul 2010
Spanish

Comité de Derechos Humanos
99º período de sesiones
Ginebra, 12 a 30 de julio de 2010

Examen de los informes presentados por los Estados partes en virtud del artículo 40 del Pacto
Observaciones finales del Comité de Derechos Humanos
Colombia

CCPR/C/COL/CO/6
Distr. 29 de julio de 2010
Original: español

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01 Jun 2010
English

Andreas Speck, Internacional de resistentes a la guerra

Presentacion en Bogota, 2 de junio de 2010

13 Nov 2009
Spanish

Desde hace un poco más de un año, un grupo de organizaciones y colectivos ha trabajado en las herramientas jurídicas alrededor de la objeción de conciencia al servicio militar obligatorio. Como resultado de ello presentaron un demanda de inconstitucionalidad en contra de la ley 48 que regula el reclutamiento que hacen las fuerzas militares colombianas, acción que muchas otras organizaciones estimamos y apoyamos.

05 Nov 2009
English

On 14 October 2009, the Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled on a "demand of unconstitutionality" submitted by several Colombian organisations in March 2009 (see CO-Update No 46, April 2009). Suprisingly, the Court ruled that the right to conscientious objection to military service is protected under the Colombian constitution. The Court gave it as a task to the Colombian Congress to now pass a law on conscientious objection to military service.

30 Sep 2009
Spanish

Cristian Camilo Henao SuazaCristian Camilo Henao SuazaQueremos expresarles desde la alegría, la resistencia, la gran noticia que el joven CRISTIAN CAMILO fue desacuartelado; pues a partir del trabajo conjunto de todos lo que enviaron cartas de presión y apoyo; además de la fuerza y la enorme resistencia de Cristhian dentro del cuartel, pasando tratos degradantes y al mismo tiempo de tener que vivir en un lugar en donde solo se respira miedo y muerte.