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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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

29 Nov 2007
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El comunicado No. 0066 0066 / DICOR-Z4-DIM 27-S1-155 del ejército nacional expedida en el año 2006 solicita la colaboración de los rectores de instituciones universitarias para dar cumplimiento a la Ley 48 de 1993, para lo cual, entre otras indicaciones, instruye sobre la obligación de presentar la tarjeta de reservista o provisional militar para "matricularse por primera vez en cualquier centro docente de educación superior", citando inadecuadamente el artículo 36 de la Ley 48 de 1993, como veremos más adelante.

01 Jul 2007
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The National Assembly of Conscientious Objectors - ANOOC is a network of organizations and groups of different regions of Colombia who are promoting conscientious objection against all - legal and illegal - armed groups, with a non-violent approach.

10 May 2007
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FRIENDS WORLD COMMITTEE FOR CONSULTATION (QUAKERS) www.quno.org

Rachel Brett

Introduction

The issue of conscientious objection to military service has been addressed within the United Nations (UN) human rights system in a number of ways, but most notably through resolutions of the (former) UN Commission on Human Rights, through the Special Procedures of the (now) Human Rights Council,[1] and through the Human Rights Committee[2] in both individual cases and when considering State report

01 May 2007
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Departing at 21:00 from Bogota on the bus fleet Rápico Ochoa bound for Medellin, the bus was held up at 12.45 a.m. by the National Armed Forces of the Municipality of Guaduas, Cundianamarca. We were held up on the motorway till 1.55 a.m. and later the army allowed us to rest at the Guadua Infantry Battalion, by which time it was 2:11 am, the very time one starts to imagine what may happen. There were 13 youths in the hangar where everyone was amusing themselves on their mobiles or joking around. I conveyed my position as Conscientious Objector to lieutenant Gómez.

19 Mar 2007
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Dear friends and war resisters,

You receive a fraternal greeting from the National Assembly of Conscientious Objectors - ANOOC, a network of organizations and groups from different regions of Colombia who are promoting conscientious objection against all - legal and illegal - armed groups, with a nonviolent approach.
19 Mar 2007
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Since the 1980s, 15 May is celebrated as International Conscientious Objectors' Day. Originally coordinated by the International Conscientious Objectors' Meeting (ICOM), War Resisters' International stepped in to coordinate and promote International Conscientious Objectors' Day since ICOM ceased to meet ever since ICOM 1995 in Chad.

01 Jan 2007
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Colombia has one of the oldest internal armed conflicts in Latin America. This conflict involves on one hand the various armed actors such as the guerrilla groups ELN (National Liberation Army) and FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), the paramilitaries, and the State's armed forces and other security corps. On the other hand, we find unarmed power actors implicated in the war, such as the political and economic elite, transnational companies, and the mass media as it is controlled by the national economic empire, which openly supports the military and aggressive stance of the current government.

01 Jun 2006
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In the run-up to a nationwide conscientious objectors' conference from 18-20 July 2006, CO groups in Colombia are confronting the situation in their country more openly. On 31 May, Red Juvenil de Medellín launched a one-year campaign "for the visibility of conscientious objection in Colombia" in front of the IV brigade.

01 Apr 2006
Spanish

Colombia tiene uno de los conflictos armados internos más antiguos de todo el mundo; es el país con más ayuda militar estadounidense en el hemisferio; además, tiene diferentes actores armados dentro de la confrontación, como son las guerrillas del ELN y las FARC, los Paramilitares y las Fuerzas Militares, de Policía y diferentes cuerpos de seguridad del Estado. Paralelamente, cuenta con una inmensa diversidad de recursos naturales, por la cual es un punto estratégico para los intereses trasnacionales; su ubicación es importante desde el punto de vista político militar, ya que es la entrada a Latinoamérica; la mayoría de los medios masivos de comunicación son empresas comunicativas, cuyos dueños son los hombres más ricos y poderosos del país, y cuya función es servir a los intereses de esos hombres. A esto, se le puede seguir agregando "caracterizaciones" sin más. Lo que cabe resaltar es que la guerra que vive Colombia no es arbitraria, por el contrario, tiene múltiples relaciones de interdependencia entre problemáticas. En la actualidad no es posible identificar el fenómeno de militarización que aqueja al país, entendido éste desde una perspectiva amplia si lo desligamos del actual modelo económico imperante, a saber, el capitalismo en su forma desarrollada, el neoliberalismo.