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
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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

27 Apr 2017
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Conscientious Objector Diego Fernando Blanco López from Colombia has been illegally recruited by the Colombian army, despite his right to postpone as 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.

05 Apr 2017
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Diego Blanco has been illegally recruited into the Colombian militaryDiego Blanco has been illegally recruited into the Colombian militaryConscientious Objector Diego Fernando Blanco López from Colombia has been 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.

Since his declaration of conscientious objection on 20th March 2017, Diego Blanco has been subjected to aggression and harassment by his superiors. When he refused to take arms earlier this week, he was attacked by the First Sergeant Oscar Camacho Cartagena and has been threatened with a court martial for disobedience/insubordination.

Support Diego Blanco with your protest emails to the authorities. Send your emails here.

29 Jul 2016
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Video featuring Accion colectiva de objetores y objetoras de conscienca (Collective Action of Conscientious Objectors), by FOR Peace Presence

13 Apr 2016
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A new report from ACOOC addresses recruitment to the military in Colombia, focusing on the phenomenon of arbitrary detention - usually undertaken through batidas (raids). Though batidas are banned, this report shows that, in practice, they are still common.

The report has been produced by the Acción colectiva de objetores y objetoras de conciencia (ACOOC: Conscientious Objectors' Collective Action) based on information collected in conjunction with other organisations and groups in the Proceso Distrital de Objeción de Conciencia.

In January, the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled that the army should release Cristian Andrés Cortés Calderón. Cristian had been recruited last August, whilst he was still in his final year of high school. Students are allowed to postone military service, but Cristian was nonetheless called up. In court, Cristian's father said that Cristian also works at night in a supermarket to financially support his family. The court ordered that he be released from the military within 48 hours.

The Court however also ruled that Cristian would still be liable for conscription when his studies end.

Sources: corteconstitucional, Sentencia T-004/16, 19 January 2016; Caracol Radio, Ejército no puede reclutar a estudiantes de bachillerato así sean mayores de edad, 23 February 2016.

24 Apr 2015
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27 February 2015: my graduation. Until last December, only those with a libreta militar (which you receive on completion of military service) could graduate.27 February 2015: my graduation. Until last December, only those with a libreta militar (which you receive on completion of military service) could graduate.Dear friends,

Today, Colombia has an historic opportunity to move beyond an armed conflict that has lasted more than 50 years.

I'm part of Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia (ACOOC: Colombian Collective Action of Conscientious Objectors), and I'm writing to tell you about the progress antimilitarists in Colombia have made — and to ask you to donate to War Resisters' International so that WRI may continue supporting our struggle.

18 Dec 2014
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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!

Read more...

14 Dec 2014
Spanish

Carta de la Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra (IRG) a Defensoria y Personaria de Antioquia y Medellín, diciembre 2014

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La Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra (IRG) trabaja por un mundo sin guerras. Somos una red global antimilitarista y pacifista, con más de ochenta organizaciones en más de cuarenta países. Desde 1921 apoyamos y conectamos la gente del todo el mundo que se niega a participar en la guerra y que usa la acción noviolenta para abordar las causas de la guerra. Mantenemos el compromiso con nuestro principio fundacional de que la guerra es un crimen contra la humanidad. La International de Resistentes a la Guerra tiene estatus consultivo en el Consejo Económico y Social de las Naciones Unidas.

02 Sep 2014
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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.