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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

11 Sep 2008
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Barrancabermeja is a geostrategically important city, the capital of Magdalena Medio, a region with immense natural resources, petrol, mines and the river Magdalena. Along with macroprojects such as African palm, rubber and cocoa, great tracts of lands are used for illegal cultivation making this a territory disputed by narcotraffic mafias, landowners, and national and multinational big business. For years, they have been trying to gain possession of the land, sowing terror and death through the action of paramilitary groups.

01 Sep 2008
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Colombian conscientious objector and activist, Julian Ovalle will talk about the political situation, the recruitment practice of the different armed groups, and the work of the movement for conscientious objection in Colombia.

01 Jun 2008
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Death threats against WRI affiliate Red Juvenil after successful 'Antimili Sonoro XIV'

It does not happen often that we have good news to report from Colombia, but this month we do (among quite a bit of bad news - but the good news first). Two months ago, two Colombian conscientious objectors who had been illegally recruited in January and February have been released from the military, albeit without any acknowledgement of the right to conscientious objection.

Diego Alexander Pulgarin was recruited on 5 January in the northern bus terminal of Medellin.

15 May 2008
Spanish

El derecho a la objeción de conciencia y estándares internacionales

Andreas Speck, Internacional de resistentes a la guerra, Londres

Introducción

08 May 2008
English

Communication addressed to the Government on 5 October 2007.

Concerning Mr. Frank Yair Estrada Marin, Mr. Carlos Andrés Giraldo Hincapié and Mr. Alejandro de Jesús González Duque.

The State is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

07 May 2008
Spanish

La bandera abandonadaLa bandera abandonadaHace un año, tras presenciar y vivir en directo las condiciones de vida llevadas a cabo por los militares colombianos, el soldado raso PEDRO MANUEL SANCHEZ CALIX prefirió convertirse en un desertor del ejército colombiano, en abandonar su bandera, antes que volver a incorporarse a las filas en una guerra criminal y a una institución que desconoce la condición de sus soldados. Se dio cuenta que esa institución no representaba la bandera que con gusto representaría por un país en donde hombres y mujeres son más importantes y que merecen ser reconocidos y reconocidas como verdaderos ciudadanos de esta amada patria.

07 Feb 2008
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1. El derecho a la objeción de conciencia en el ley colombiano

Articulo 18 de la Constitución Política dice:

Se garantiza la libertad de conciencia.

01 Dec 2007
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30 Nov 2007
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CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR'S COLLECTIVE ACTION

You say you know Colombia very well. What about Bogotá?
I know Bogotá very well, but the problem is not just Bogotá...first of all, Bogotá has to be cleaned out of all militia. And in Cundinamarca the work localized in regions where there is influence of illegal armed groups needs to be consolidated. That way, Cundinamarca can become a model region. In short terms, guerrillas, paramilitaries and drug dealers need to be out.
The approach would solve it all.
29 Nov 2007
Spanish

Una de las fuentes oficiales que permite rastrear irregularidades en el reclutamiento es el Censo General 2005. Este proceso se llevó a cabo por el DANE en el año censal comprendido entre mayo de 2005 y mayo de 2006, y a través de modelos matemáticos se restituyeron todos los datos recolectados a un único momento censal.