President Uribe agrees to meet JFC delegation

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 22 August 2007

A Justice for Colombia delegation to Colombia during the last week of August will be meeting Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to protest continuing violations of human rights by the Colombian armed forces. President Uribe agreed to the meeting after intense lobbying by JFC.

During the week meetings will also be held with trade unions, human rights groups and members of Congress. The Vice President, the Defence Minister and the Commander of the Armed Forces have all also agreed to see the group.

The high level delegation will include Mike Griffiths, the Chair of the Labour Party's National Executive, Tony Lloyd MP, the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party and Richard Howitt MEP, Labour's international spokesman in the European Parliament. Other participants will include British trade union leaders, Labour Members of Parliament and members of the Labour Party National Executive.

President Uribe has recently been mired in controversy following the arrest of his intelligence chief on charges of supplying paramilitary death squads with the names of trade unionists to be murdered and the imprisonment of several of his most high profile political supporters for their links with the paramilitaries.

The delegation will likely make representations to Gordon Brown on their return.

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