Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Urgent Actions

Urgent actions announced through the campaign

URGENT ACTION: BLACK EAGLES THREATEN OIL WORKERS LEADER

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According to Álvaro Uribe, the paramilitary groups have demobilised, however the truth is that they are more active than ever.

Each time the government and the management of Ecopetrol implement programmes of privatisation of the the Colombian peoples’ state oil corporation, or hand over our natural resources, the threats against the union increase. This is what is happening now as we, the workers, are against the sale of ECOPETROL shares.

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URGENT ACTION: SON OF COCA-COLA WORKER KIDNAPPED AND TORTURED

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At about 4pm on 27th September 2007, ANDRES DAMIAN FLOREZ RODRIGUEZ (son of JOSE DOMINGO FLOREZ, a worker at a Coca-Cola bottling plant and a leader of the trade union SINALTRAINAL) was returning from college to his home at No 204-102, 38th Avenue in the Andes barrio of Floridablanca in Santander when he was accosted by three individuals from a black van, they were carrying arms, communications radios and were wearing balaclavas. The three men took Andres in the van by force, threw him on the vehicle floor and started hitting him.

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URGENT ACTION: Death Threats Against Leadership of Oilworkers Union USO

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3 September 2007

In Colombia, according Alvaro Uribe, the paramilitary groups have demobilised but the reality is that they are even more active from either inside or outside jail.

Our union, Unión Sindical Obrera, (the Oilworkers Union of Colombia) has been the object of written and telephoned death threats against leaders. These are attributed to “Águilas Negras” [the Black Eagles].

Each time the government and state oil corporation Ecopetrol’s management implement privatisation programmes (or give away our resources), the threats increase against the union – as now when the workers reject the decision to sell shares that started on 27 August.

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URGENT ACTION: Paramilitaries Stigmatise Human Rights Workers in Barrancabermeja and Magdalena Medio

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13 September 2007

ESPAÑOL / ENGLISH

In his ‘free testimony’ given to an Attorney under the Justice and Peace law, Pérez accused oilworkers union USO, regional human rights organisation Credhos, the Corporación Desarrollo y Paz del Magdalena Medio [Magdalena Medio Development and Peace Corporation], the OFP Popular Women’s Organisation and ACVC, the Campesino Association of the Cimitarra River Valley of "criminal activities in the service of armed marxism”

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Urgent Action: Universidad Vive - Security of marchers threatened in Cali

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Cali, 23 May 2007, ENGLISH / ESPA?OL

The Foundation Committee of Solidarity with Political Prisoners (Valle de Cauca Section), bring to the attention of unions, social organizations and of national and international human rights organizations the presence of two infiltrating functionaries of the police
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URGENT ACTION: INTERNATIONAL NGOs THREATENED IN SUR de BOLIVAR, COLOMBIA

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12 May 2007, ENGLISH/ESPA?OL

- CONTINUING THE STRATEGY OF ANGLO GOLD ASHANTI

International and national organisations accompanying the communities of Sur de Bol?var have been threatened alongside miners leaders.
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Urgent Action: Assassinations In BP Production Zone, Casanare, Colombia

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Colombia, 7 March 2007. ENGLISH/ESPA?OL

The Solidarity Committee with Political Prisoners FCSPP and the Social Corporation for Community Advice and Capacitati?n COS-PACC, call the attention of national and international public opinion to the following
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Urgent Action: DEATH THREATS AGAINST SINALTRAINAL

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10 February 2007 - Bucaramanga, Colombia (ENGLISH/ ESPAÑOL)

"[If there is] no response we declare them military targets of the Black Eagles as they prefer – death, torture, cut into pieces, coup de grace – in Magdalena Medio style – this defines you as terrorists of the guerrillas – no more noisy fuss – remember our commander Mancuso does not like noise.“

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Super-Urgent Action: SOCIAL LEADERS, STUDENTS, TRADE UNIONISTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS THREATENED

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On 14 December 2006, in the city of Barranquilla, a communiqu? was left at the residence of Euripides Yance, a Coca-Cola worker and member of the National Committee of SINALTRAINAL. The communiqu? is entitled BLACK EAGLES [AGUILAS NEGRAS] and threatens various student, social and trade union leaders, giving them a week to leave the city. Amongst them are members and leaders of SINALTRAINAL and workers at Coca-Cola EURIPIDES YANCE, LIMBERTO CARRANZA, and CAMPO QUINTERO.
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