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

Image: Quinto MandimientoImage: Quinto Mandimiento

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
English

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
English

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
English

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
English

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

17 Aug 2009
English

Colombia does not recognise the right to conscientious objection. Conscientious objectors live with the permanent risk of recruitment by the Armed Forces of Colombia, in one of the frequent batidas, checkpoints set up by the military on busy streets or places, to check the papers of young people at recruitment age. In addition, they face further violations of their human rights.

05 Aug 2009
Spanish

En una familia matriarcal, como muchas familias colombianas, de mujeres valientes que sacan adelante a esos hijos e hijas que tal vez fueron negados, y olvidados, nací y crecí, como una hija insólita y afortunadamente consentida. De pequeña conté con la compañía de un primo al que quiero profundamente, recuerdo cómo me gustaba ir al parque para verlo con su uniforme naranja de defensa civil, y también, cuando decidió regalarse al ejército nacional.

26 Mar 2009
Spanish

El día 18 de marzo fue radicada ante la corte constitucional de la República de Colombia una demanda de inconstitucionalidad del artículo 27 de la ley 48 de 1993 por la cual se reglamenta el servicio de Reclutamiento y Movilización.

11 Mar 2009
Spanish

Señor
OSCAR PRIETO
Defensor del pueblo
San Vicente Del Caguán

Cordial saludo

“Objetamos participar de las guerras y a reproducir las prácticas de una sociedad militarista”

De la manera más atenta y esperanzadora ponemos en su conocimiento los siguientes hechos y consideraciones.

Los jóvenes Caqueteños venimos afrontando una difícil situación de vulneración de nuestros derechos, postulados de objeción por conciencia, de no violencia y antimilitarismo lo cual queremos poner en su conocimiento.

16 Feb 2009
English

(...)

K. Round-ups, forced enlistment and “false positives”

13 Jan 2009
English

A/HRC/10/82/Add.1

(...)

Views on conclusions and/or recommendations, voluntary commitments and replies presented by the State under review

The numbers with letters refer to recommendations stated in the section I of the Working Group report, entitled “Summary of the proceedings of the review process”.

03 Dec 2008
English

WRI's Colombian affiliate Red Juvenil reported a new round of arbitrary recruitment in Medellin in October and November 2008. 'Batidas', the recruiting of youth on the street or public places if they cannot show the right military papers, have been observed in various places of Medellin, among others the main transport terminal in the north of Medellin, several metro stations, the football stadium of Medellin, and in several poorer neighbourhoods of the city (Comunas 2, 5, 6, 13).

01 Oct 2008
English

An important legal victory for conscientious objectors in Colombia

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention declared in its Opinion No 8/2008 (Colombia) the practice of recruitment in the form of raids (batidas), and the recruitment of conscientious objectors a form of "arbitrary detention". This is an important legal victory for conscientious objectors in Colombia, although the opinions of the Working Group are legally non-binding.

25 Sep 2008
English

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [1] declared in its Opinion No 8/2008 (Colombia) the practice of recruitment in the form of raids (batidas), and the recruitment of conscientious objectors a form of “arbitrary detention”.