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

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.

27 Mar 2008
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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
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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
English

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.

Other posts

18 Dec 2014
English

The libreta militar (military card), will no longer be required to graduate from university in Colombia, meaning that those who have not completed military service will now be able to receive their degrees. However, a libreta militar is still required for the enjoyment of many other rights. For example, you still require a libreta militar to work in many jobs. When batidas (forced recruitment raids) occur, it is those without a libreta militar i.e. those who cannot prove that they have completed compulsory military service, including conscientious objectors, who are most at risk. Antimilitarists in Colombia will continue to campaign for the abolition of the libreta, and indeed military service. The campaign: Libre de Libreta (freedom from military cards) that we highlighted in the last War Resisters' Stories continues!

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02 Sep 2014
Spanish

31 de agosto: Josias Johan Tabares Patiño es libre.   "El joven Josías ya se encuentra en la casa. Regresó el domingo del Putumayo después de casi un día entero de viajar por las carreteras de esa zona del país para que lo recibieran en la cuarta brigada con un examen de bienvenida y la maravillosa noticia de que si tenía la fortuna de ser apto (después de que les practicaran otros 4 exámenes,  resultado: no apto) Radiomacondo

Foto: Radiomacondo

La Asociación Cristiana Menonita para Justicia, Paz y Acción Noviolenta-JUSTAPAZ, el Colectivo de Derechos Humanos Jesús María Valle Jaramillo, el Colectivo de Estudios Sociales y Derechos Humanos ICARIA, los senadores Alberto Castilla Salazar e Iván Cepeda Castro, y los representantes a la cámara Víctor Javier Correa Vélez, Alirio Uribe Muñoz, German Navas Talero realizan una acción urgente buscando la inmediata restitución de derechos y la preservación de la integridad del joven JOSÍAS JOHAN TABARES PATIÑO quien fue retenido con fines de reclutamiento por personal militar de la Sexta División, Vigésima Séptima Brigada de Putumayo el 14 de agosto de 2014, hecho que tuvo lugar  mientras se encontraba en la estación “Aguacatala” del Metro de Medellín, posteriormente fue trasladado al Municipio de Puerto Asís, Departamento de Putumayo.

27 Aug 2014
Spanish

Agosto 21 de 2014

El TEJIDO POR LA OBJECION DE CONCIENCIA – MEDELLÍN, se pronuncia frente a los hechosdel Jueves 14 de Agosto en los que el joven Objetor de Conciencia JOSÍAS JOHAN PATIÑO quien se dirigía hacia su trabajo fue retenido ilegalmente por efectivos del ejército nacional, provenientes de la Sexta División, Vigésima Séptima Brigada del Departamento del Putumayo, haciendo caso omiso a lo ordenado por la Corte Constitucional en la sentencia C-879 de 2011, en donde dice que “ningún joven puede obligarse a subirse al camión, ni ser reclutado a la fuerza. Es decir, ningún joven puede ser conducido a cuarteles o distritos militares, ni ser detenido por autoridades por largos periodos de tiempo, ni ser obligado a que le practiquen exámenes. Tampoco puede ser obligado a incorporarse a las filas”.

19 Aug 2014
English

On Thursday 14 August the young conscientious objector, JOSÍAS JOHAN PATIÑO was on his way to work. Around 7 a.m. he was at the Aguacatala station when, under orders from Captain Barrera, members of the national army, Sergeant Peña and auxiliary prison guard Gutierrez from the 6th Division, twenty seventh brigade in the Department of Putumayo, stormed the Aguacatala metro station. They asked for and withheld the identity card of the young man mentioned as a way of coercing him to climb into the truck which the army uses for recruiting young men by force i.e. rather than issuing the appropriate summons to resolve his military situation as law 48 of 1993 states.

09 Feb 2014
English


Salvador talking about nonviolence


Salvador, long-time activist with the conscientious objection group “Quinto Mandamiento” in Barrancabermeja, needs emergency medical support.

18 Dec 2013
English

Commission launch, Bogotá, 1st NovemberCommission launch, Bogotá, 1st NovemberThis is write-up of the trip made by Hannah Brock (Right to Refuse to Kill programme worker) and Igor Seke (of the Right to Refuse to Kill committee), from 28th October – 8th November 2013. We were joined by Rachel Brett, of the Quaker United Nations Office [QUNO] (and member of the Right to Refuse to Kill committee), from 30th October – 3rd November.

24 Jun 2013
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Bogotá, 24 de junio de 2013

19 Feb 2013
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War Resisters' International have made a submission to the Colombian government, as a law that will regulate the right to conscientious objection makes its way through the Colombia parliament.

The submission will be input to the relevant parliamentary committee through ACOOC (Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia).

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London, 14 February, 2013

20 Dec 2012
English

Andreas and Hannah from the Right to Refuse to Kill programme visited Colombia in November 2012 to meet new antimilitarist groups, reconnect with existing contacts, and to plan new ways in which WRI might provide useful forms of international accompaniment. Many of the groups we met are members of ANOOC - Asamblea Nacional de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia – a nationwide assembly of groups that work on conscientious objection.