Political Prisoners Send Message of Thanks

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 24 January 2008

Female trade unionists, human rights defenders, student and community leaders, being held in the Buen Pastor Women's Prison in Bogotá have sent a message to Justice for Colombia and the British trade union Unite, thanking us for continuing to support them via our 'Political Prisoners project.

The women are held in appalling conditions accused by the Colombian authorities of 'rebellion'. Many have not been brought before a court and the majority have been convicted of no crime whatsoever. In many cases the women are held for a year or two before finally being released due to lack of evidence.

Justice for Colombia delegations have regularly visited the prison and taken testimony from the women – many revealed signs of torture endured during interrogations.

The most recent delegation was able to take a camera into the prison and portraits of many of the jailed woman are included in the new JFC photo book 'Resisitencia – Portraits of Colombia'. Copies may be purchased through this website by visiting http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/?link=photoBook

For more information on the JFC/Unite project to support the women see http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/?link=5_7 and for details of our campaign to win justice and freedom for Colombian political prisoners see http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/?link=3_0_2

A translation of the message received by the women is below.

Dear Companeros,

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your solidarity with us. The resources that you sent us have been very useful for us in many ways.

We know that you are confronting the Colombian Government about our situation, which is not easy. But we know that your efforts will help us overcome this situation. It means a lot to us to be able to count on good hearted people like you that truly understand the situation in Colombia.

Here every day, the war is felt more and more. Many have died for the cause, but none of them will be forgotten, because those that die for life cannot be called dead. They are with us at every moment and they motivate us to keep going.

We wish you a happy new year and every success for the coming year. We hope to write again soon. We send you all a big hug. We hope that a new Colombia will soon become a reality.

We have many projects that we want to continue inside the prison and soon we will write to tell you more about them. We would like to know more about the British public's view of what is going on in Colombia. As we are locked up, we don't know what people outside Colombia think and we feel it is important for us to know.

We send everyone a fraternal hug.

Women Political Prisoners

Buen Pastor Prison, Bogota

January 2008

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