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Public complaint

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.

Emergency medical support for Colombia conscientious objection and lgbt activist

Salvador talking about nonviolence

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

WRI: campaigning and networking in Colombia

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.

Juan Carlos Poveda Camargo

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Bogotá, 24 de junio de 2013

WRI encourages the Colombia government to meet international standards

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).


London, 14 February, 2013

Colombia: legal progress as the reality of daily violence continues

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.

Colombia: Constitutional Court limits 'batidas'

In a new judgement the Constitutional Court of Colombia limits the widespread practice of 'batidas'. The judgement related to a complaint in relations to article 14 of the law on recruitment (Ley 48 de 1993), which deals with the obligation to register for military service, and article 41 para g), which defines the process in relation to the classification of a person as "remiso" (draft evader).

Pronunciamiento frente a amenazas de muerte a organizaciones sociales y defensoras de derechos humanos en Barrancabermeja, Magdalena Medio en Colombia

El pasado 26 de noviembre de 2011, mediante un panfleto dejado en el domicilio de un miembro de la Unión Sindical Obrera – USO, la banda criminal asociada al narcotráfico autodenominada “Los Rastrojos” ordena a las Organizaciones Defensoras de Derechos Humanos de la ciudad colombiana de Barrancabermeja (CREDHOS, USO, Organización Femenina Popular – OPF, Gente en Acción, Espacio de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de Derechos Humanos de Barrancabermeja – ETTDH, Colectivo Quinto Mandamiento, Fundación DRC, SINTRAINQUIGAS, ANDAS) desistir de sus “actividades de caridad, de marchas, eventos, netc.”, p

Women Objectors in the Colombian Context

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Alejandra Londoño Bustamante, Red Juvenil de Medellín

I am a conscientious objector, but not because I believe that objection is a refusal which has legal backing. On the contrary, it is a legitimate social and collective organisation which initially aims at change within individuals for the good of society.

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.

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