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

27 Mar 2008

Colombian conscientious objector Diego Yesid Bosa Rico, who has been illegally recruited on 23 February 2008, began a hunger strike in protest against his recruitment and treatment on 26 March 2008. He is also refusing to enter the dormitories. In response, the military offered him to do his military service in an office, without the need to take up arms. However, on the morning of 27 March 2008, they threatened him with five soldiers.

18 Jul 2007

War Resisters' International is worried about recent developments in the cases of two young Colombian men, Carlos Andrés Giraldo Hincapié (COL14911) and Frank Yair Estrada Marin (COL14922). Both have been recruited illegally are forced to perform their military service against their will, and the
conscientious objection.

13 Jun 2007

War Resisters' International received information today that Colombian conscientious objector Carlos Andrés Giraldo Hincapié (COL14911), who has been serving his military service against his will for more than 10 months now, is being threatened and verbally abused in the military.

01 Jun 2007
War Resisters' International was informed today that Colombian conscientious objector Frank Yair Estrada Marin (COL14922) has been illegally recruited on 5 May 2007, and is presently being held in the Batallon Pedro Justo Berrio in Medellin.
01 Jun 2007
More than one month after his illegal recruitment, Colombian conscientious objector Frank Yair Estrada Marin is still in the hands of the military. On the morning of 5 May, Frank Yair Estrada Marin was taken by soldiers from the Batallon Pedro Justo Berrio to the batallon, under the pretext that they needed to perform a medical examination to verify his ability to perform military service.
12 Dec 2006

War Resisters' International learned today that Luis Fernando
Callejas (COL14912), who will turn 25 on 13 December, was recruited by
force on 9 December during a search of Colombian military in Cali.
Between 11 and 12 at night, soldiers of the 3rd brigade of the
Colombian military carried out a search of the neighbourhoods of
Mariano Ramos and Republica de Israel of Cali, and rounded up youth of
recruitment age.
Luis Fernando Callejas is officially a "remiso" (draft evader), and did
so far not publicly declare his conscientious objection. However,

24 Nov 2006
War Resisters' International is very concerned about the treatment of Carlos Andrés Giraldo Hincapié (COL14911), a Colombian youth who has been forcefully recruited by the military on 4 August 2006. Since his recruitment, he has received maltreatment and abuse from the side of the military. Carlos Andrés Giraldo Hincapié is presently in the military hospital, and maintains a position that he does not want to be part of any armed group in Colombia.
02 Nov 2006

On 1 November, declared conscientious objector Andrés Daniel Giraldo has been detailed by the military. He was travelling on the Bogota-Medellin road, when he was stopped by a squad of soldiers at Facatativa, and asked for his military papers. As a declared conscientious objector, Andrés Daniel Giraldo does not have any military papers. However, the soldiers did not understand his arguments and detained him. They brought him to the military base of Guaduas - Timate, where he has been kept at the time of writing.

13 Oct 2005

This week Colombian conscientious objector Juan Carlos Montoya Munera was forcefully recruited by the Colombian military in the city of Antioquia, and taken to the barracks of the BatallÃn Bombona Coronel DÃaz, where he is being forced to do his military service. At the time being, War Resisters' International does not have any information about his situation in the barracks.

Other posts

11 Sep 2008

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
Julián Andrés Ovalle FierroJulián Andrés Ovalle Fierro

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

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

El derecho a la objeción de conciencia y estándares internacionales

Andreas Speck, Internacional de resistentes a la guerra, Londres


08 May 2008

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

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

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


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

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.