U.S. Congress Holds Hearing on Rule of Law in Colombia and Mexico
Galvanized by HRF’s congressional advocacy, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, held a hearing today to discuss the need for continued U.S. support of judicial institutions in Colombia and Mexico. Human Rights First submitted a statement to the subcommittee with key recommendations for improved rule of law assistance to Colombia.
Read HRF’s statement for the hearing
Watch the webcast 5/18/2010
HRF Urges Human Rights Council to Protect Human Rights Defenders
Senior Associate, Andrew Hudson, addressed the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 11, 2010 urging it to better protect human rights defenders at risk around the world. He also urged the Colombian government to adopt the Council’s recommendations on how to stop the persecution of defenders.
HRF Oral Statement to Council
See video of statement 3/10/2010
UN Highlights Persecution of Colombian Activists
The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders released a new report criticizing the widespread persecution of Colombian activists. The report cited Human Rights First and adopted many of our recommendations, especially those combating the baseless prosecutions of Colombian defenders.
Read UN report
Read HRF report in English |
Stop Paramilitary Death Threats to Colombian Women’s Rights Leaders
On January 27, 2010, Sisma Mujer, a leading Colombian women’s rights group received startling death threats from a right-wing paramilitary death squad. Urge the Colombian authorities to investigate these recent threats and to prosecute those responsible while providing adequate protection for the members of Sisma Mujer.
Read petition in English |
Colombian Activist Again Imperiled by Baseless Charges
Colombian activist and Human Rights First award winner Gabriel Gonzalez is facing 7 years in prison on trumped-up charges. Take action to urge members of the U.S. government to stand up for him once again and make sure that real justice – affirming his innocence and letting his work on behalf of political prisoners in Colombia – be done.
Read more about Gabriel in the LA Times |
Groundbreaking Changes in US Aid to Colombia and Guatemala
New appropriations law has unprecedented funding to protect human rights sctivists in Colombia and Guatemala.
Read statement in English
| in Spanish
Read article in El Tiempo (in Spanish)
Read article in Emisoras Unidas (in Spanish) 1/8/2010
Test Case for Inter-American Human Rights Commission to End Widespread Criminalization of Activism in Colombia
A test case filed yesterday with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights could mark a turning point in efforts to end the criminalization of Colombian human rights defenders. Gabriel Gonzalez, a Colombian Activist and victim of arbitrary detention has sought urgent precautionary measures from the Commission.
Read Press Release in English |
in Spanish 12/9/2009
Demand End to Harassment of Colombian Human Rights Lawyer
Jorge Molano, a prominent Colombian human rights lawyer, was harassed and intimidated by unidentified men on three occasions in the last week of November. Take action now to urge Colombian officials to increase Jorge Molano’s security measures to prevent any attacks against him and to investigate the recent harassment.
Read petition in English
| in Spanish 12/3/2009
US Government Provides Assistance to Colombian Military Units that Violate Human Rights
In a joint letter, Human Rights First and the Fellowship of Reconciliation urged the State department to suspend US assistance to two Colombian military intelligence units responsible for specious intelligence gathering, arbitrary detention and trumped-up criminal charges against Colombian human rights defenders.
Media Coverage of Carmelo Agamez’s Case
Various materials regarding the unjust detention of Colombian human rights defender Carmelo Agamez.
Contagio Radio Interview 11/30/2009