End Anti-Trade Union Violence in Colombia
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Message to London Colombian Ambassador
I am writing to protest in the strongest possible terms about the ongoing assassinations of trade unionists in your country.
The fact that so many trade unionists have been killed by members of the state security forces and that the Colombian authorities have, in nearly all cases, failed to bring to justice those responsible for the assassinations would indicate that your Government is complicit in the violence.
The ongoing killings, currently running at about one each week, indicate that despite promises and fine words from the Colombian president and other senior officials, there has actually been no real improvement on the ground.
In addition to the murders I am aware that Colombian trade unionists are regularly threatened, forced to flee their homes and jobs or thrown in prison without trial – presumably in an effort to silence them and prevent them from continuing with their entirely legitimate trade union activities.
Until this situation changes I, and many others, will continue to campaign to highlight the violence that is being perpetrated against union members in your country and continue working to expose the lack of any serious action to stop it on the part of your Government.
If Colombia wishes to earn the respect of the international community, your Government must provide concrete results including an end to all violence, harassment and intimidation of trade unionists and other innocent civilians.
Message to MP
Dear [MPs Name],
I am contacting you to request your assistance with regards to obtaining further information about killings of trade unionists in Colombia. As you may know, Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade union member.
The Colombian Government has repeatedly claimed that the situation is improving and that they are arresting and jailing those responsible for the attacks. However, the evidence suggests that neither statement is true.
I would therefore like to request that you contact the Colombian Ambassador and ask for a list of those currently held in prison for murdering a trade unionist in Colombia – the name of the prisoner, where they are being held and how long their sentence is. To date the Colombian authorities, whilst claiming that many people are in prison, have been unable to provide any details of who these people are, leading me to doubt the veracity of their statements. I hope that a Member of Parliament contacting them might encourage them to provide the facts to back up their claims.
Perhaps you would also be kind enough to ask the Ambassador why his Government continuously claims that the numbers of union leaders and activists being murdered is decreasing when there is documentary evidence to the contrary.
Your assistance with this matter would be most appreciated and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and to seeing any response that the Colombian Ambassador may provide.