Liliany Obando released from prison. Again.

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

Justice for Colombia was relieved by the news that Liliany Obando, an academic and human rights defender, was released from prison on the 20th August after a six day hunger strike protest.

Liliany was first imprisoned between August 2008 and March 2012, accused of links to FARC guerrillas. She was detained for 43 months without a conviction then sentenced to 70 months under house arrest. She had fully complied with all of the terms of her sentence and there were no legal grounds for her being arrested again but on the 5th August 2014 Liliany was imprisoned once more.

Liliany was arrested at home, where she was supposed to be, but she was treated like a fugitive by soldiers who photographed and humiliated her. This was a traumatic ordeal which brought back painful memories of being torn from her young children without prior warning or explanation.

As a mother of young children Liliany knows that she is entitled to house arrest rather than prison. She went on hunger strike for six days to protest about being arrested again but was not provided with any medical attention by authorities during this time.

Liliany is the victim of a political vendetta, targeted because of her continued political activism. Justice for Colombia, alongside the British trade union movement and numerous British MPs, has campaigned in her defence for many years. A group of MPs, trade unionists, and lawyers from Britain and Ireland, on a JFC delegation, had met with Liliany days before her arrest. They called for an end to the harassment against her and justice for the thousands of political prisoners currently detained in Colombia.



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