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

10 Oct 2013

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

01 Dec 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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.

01 Jun 2007
War Resisters' International was informed today that Colombian conscientious objector Frank Yair Estrada Marin (COL14922) has been illegally recruited on 5 May 2007, and is presently being held in the Batallon Pedro Justo Berrio in Medellin.
01 Jun 2007
More than one month after his illegal recruitment, Colombian conscientious objector Frank Yair Estrada Marin is still in the hands of the military. On the morning of 5 May, Frank Yair Estrada Marin was taken by soldiers from the Batallon Pedro Justo Berrio to the batallon, under the pretext that they needed to perform a medical examination to verify his ability to perform military service.
12 Dec 2006

War Resisters' International learned today that Luis Fernando
Callejas (COL14912), who will turn 25 on 13 December, was recruited by
force on 9 December during a search of Colombian military in Cali.
Between 11 and 12 at night, soldiers of the 3rd brigade of the
Colombian military carried out a search of the neighbourhoods of
Mariano Ramos and Republica de Israel of Cali, and rounded up youth of
recruitment age.
Luis Fernando Callejas is officially a "remiso" (draft evader), and did
so far not publicly declare his conscientious objection. However,

Other posts

09 Feb 2014

Salvador talking about nonviolence

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

18 Dec 2013

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.

25 Jun 2013

Bogotá, 24 de junio de 2013

19 Feb 2013

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

20 Dec 2012

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.

01 Dec 2011

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).

01 Dec 2011

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

07 Jan 2011

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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.

08 Nov 2010

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.

01 Oct 2010

Sentence of the Constitutional Court from 14 October 2009 finally published