Category Archives: Colombia

Colombian Caravana 2014 Report Launch

Concerned as we are about the erosion of access to justice here in the UK, we should not forget the plight of those in other parts of the world; and the very real dangers faced by those working to enable access to justice.

Colombia is recognised as the most dangerous place in the world for lawyers and the risks they face is the focus of the work of the Colombian Caravana which visited Colombia for the third time in August last year.

The delegation’s report will be launched on 29 April and the launch event promises to be a lively and interesting discussion around the challenges facing Colombian human rights lawyers and defenders as the Peace Process progresses, and ways in which we can raise awareness and support them at the international level.

The impressive line up of speakers comprises Ed Vulliamy (Guardian and Observer journalist), Adam Wagner (barrister and human rights blogger), Patricia Ayodeji (Barcelona-based British lawyer and Caravana delegate), and Caravana directors Sue Willman and Professor Sara Chandler.

There are more details below about the event which takes place on Wednesday 29 April from 6.30-8.30pm at The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ. If you’d like to come along please email colombian.caravana@gmail.com to ensure a place.

Caravana Report Launch Event

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The Colombian Caravana

Normal service will be resumed shortly but at the end of August 2012 I had the pleasurable privilege of representing CILEx as part of the Colombian Caravana.

During the trip I wrote several blog pieces which were published by CILEx on its blog but as the Colombian story deserves a wider audience, I thought I’d also publish them here.

I hope they are worth a read and will help raise awareness of some of the problems in Colombia but also highlight the beauty of the country and its people.

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Caravana 1 week later – Lessons and Memories

Kites and Kids

Kids + Kites = Colombia

The week flew by so fast it was impossible to process fully at the time. After a week back in ‘normality’ I tried to reflect on what I had learned and how I would remember Colombia.

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Caravana Day 5 – Actions not Words

JuristasIt was all well and good collecting evidence; we also had to determine what we could do to help. Here then, I tried to compile a summary of the steps we’d been asked to take and those we had thought up.

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Caravana Day 4 – Despair

Victims, Defenders and Caravanistas

Victims, Defenders and Caravanistas

Perhaps it was tiredness beginning to tell but on Day 4, in Sincelejo, I think the emotion really got to me. For the first time we met direct victims as well as their ‘defenders’ and they broke my heart.

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