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Colombia: batidas continue

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.

Colombia: Yes to conscientious objection!

Sentence of the Constitutional Court from 14 October 2009 finally published

‘Haga que pase’: Make it happen!

‘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.

Colombia – the reality of conscientious objection during armed conflict

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.

Colombia: Human Rights Committee criticises batidas

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.

Observaciones finales del Comité de Derechos Humanos: Colombia

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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Implementación del derecho a la Objeción de Conciencia: Experiencias de la IRG

Andreas Speck, Internacional de resistentes a la guerra

Presentacion en Bogota, 2 de junio de 2010

La objeción de Conciencia en Colombia ... Si pero No

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.

Colombia: Constitutional Court recognises conscientious objection

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.

Lo Logramos Muchachos! Soy Libre

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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.

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