Two Parliamentary Motions on Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 7 January 2008

Katy Clark, a Labour MP who visited Colombia with JFC in August 2007, has tabled motions in Parliament relating to the plight of political prisoners in Colombia – many of whom she met with during her visit.

The first motion, Early Day Motion 101, condemns the October arrest of trade union leader Eliberto Poveda and opposition politician Moises Delgado. The two continue to be held without charge and the motion calls on the British Government to bring up their case with the Colombian authorities. So far nearly 120 MPs have added their support. Please check that your own MP has signed by visiting http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=34191&SESSION=891 – if your MP is not listed contact them and ask why not.

Clark's other motion, number 638, relates to the ongoing imprisonment of health workers' union activist Carmen Mayusa. Ms Mayusa, whom Katy Clark met with in the Bogotá women's prison, has been imprisoned without trial since May 2006. She was involved with anti-privatisation campaigns before her detention and the Colombian Government is refusing to release her – arguing that she may be guilty of 'rebellion' against the state.

Early Day Motion 638 can be viewed at http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=34791&SESSION=891 – again please ensure that your own MP has signed.



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