Colombia Solidarity Campaign

- Fighting for Peace with Justice -

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Open Letter: FOR THE RIGHTS TO LIFE, FREE EXPRESSION and ASSOCIATION!

Open Letter to the Colombian Embassy in London (handed in on the 16th of November 2006).

We are writing to express our urgent concern regarding the grave deterioration of the human rights situation in Colombia and the precarious situation of the social movement. Taking into account detailed and confirmed reports of the escalating threats to life, we demand that President ALVARO URIBE VELEZ and Vice-president FRANCISCO SANTOS explain the reasons for the persecution of political opposition leaders, trade unionists, students and defenders of human rights.

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Urgent Action: Another University of Valle Student is Killed

Santiago de Cali, Colombia, 5 October 2006 (ENGLISH/ESPA?OL)

The Colombia Solidarity Campaign is very sad to have to report the murder of another student at the University of Valle - Julian Andres Hurtado Castillo.

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Urgent Action: Mass detentions planned of prominent leaders in Valle de Cauca

Colombia, 2 October 2006 (ENGLISH/ESPA?OL)

We, the organisations signing below denounce to the nacional and internacional community the new harassment, persecution and attempt to silence and intimidate defenders of the fundamental rights of the most vulnerable sectors in the social and armed conflict in Colombia, and particularly in the country?s south west.

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Urgent Action: Assassination, Death Threat and Police Raid Against SINALTRAINAL

A series of attacks against the very existence of SINALTRAINAL have occurred in different regions of Colombia; ranging from a raid on the union’s national headquarters in Bogotá, to the assassination of one of our activists.
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Urgent Action: Assassination of Trade Unionist in Barrancabermeja

The Barrancabermeja Committee of the Colombian Trade Union Federation (CUT) rejects the vile assassination of one of our comrades JORGE GUILLEN LEAL, 33 years old, that took place on 23 July at 2.30 pm in the barrio Covida in the municipality of Barrancabemeja. The murder was carried out by two individuals who arrived at his house in a taxi and then shot him. His wife was at home at the time with one of his two children who was doing his school homework. Jorge was the father of two young children, a girl and a boy of 10 and 5 years old.
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Urgent Action: Womens Voices - OFP threatened in Barrancabermeja

We affirm our motto “It is better to cope with fear than cease to be because of fear”. Once again the Popular Womens Organisation (OFP - Organización Femenina Popular) is being threatened by those who believe they are lords of life, who have for years been deciding who lives in  Barrancabermeja and how long they live, acting with complete impunity in the majority of cases.
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