British Political Figures Call for an End to UK Military Aid to Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 4 March 2008

On March 6th British political figures will renew their call for the British government to end its military aid to Colombia. The call will be made at a vigil in London commemorating the victims of state-sponsored violence in Colombia and calling for an end to the ongoing human rights abuses in the country. The event will include a photo call with MPs and prominent trade union leaders.

The vigil in London is part of a worldwide protest that has been called by the 'National Movement of Victims' in Colombia and is backed by human rights groups, trade unions and the families of those who have had their human rights violated. In London the vigil will be held outside Parliament and is supported by groups representing the Colombian community in London, the trade union Unite, the International Centre for Trade Union Rights (ICTUR) and the TUC-backed Justice for Colombia (JFC) campaign.

The campaign to end British military aid to Colombia has the support of more than half of Labour's own MPs, the entire British trade union movement, every Labour MEP and many others.

Colin Burgon, Labour MP for Elmet, said "The UK government has got it wrong on Colombia. The Uribe regime is responsible for gross and systematic human rights violations and Britain should not be supporting this brutal regime".

Liam Craig-Best, director of the Justice For Colombia campaign said "Britain continues to supply military assistance to the Uribe regime despite evidence showing that some of the army units benefiting are directly involved in human rights violations. Perhaps of most concern is that it appears that there are no strings attached to the aid; so even as the abuses get worse the aid keeps flowing."

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Notes for editors:

1. The event will take place on Thursday March 6, 11am to midday, in Parliament Square (opposite the Houses of Parliament). A photo opportunity with MPs and trade union leaders will take place at 11.15am.

2. For further information and media comment contact Liam Craig-Best, Director, Justice For Colombia on 07931 374 379, or the JFC office on 020 7794 3644.

3. For more information email info[at]justiceforcolombia.org or visit: http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/news/article/165/



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