Colombia Questions in Parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

Written question asked by Jim Sheridan (Labour MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North) on 27 October 2014:

‘To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received about allegations of a reduction in protection afforded to (a) Senator Ivan Cepeda and (b) other opposition politicians and human rights and peace campaigners in Colombia.’

Answered by Hugo Swire (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; East Devon, Conservative) answered the question on 03 November 2014:

'I have recently become aware of allegations of a reduction in protection afforded to Ivan Cepeda and other individuals in Colombia. I have also heard that budget restrictions are causing concern. My department are looking into these cases and will raise further if appropriate.'

Written question asked by Jim Sheridan (Labour MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North) on 27 October 2014:

'To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Colombian government about the killing on 7 October 2014 of Norman Ortiz.'

Answered by Hugo Swire (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; East Devon, Conservative) answered the question on 03 November 2014:

'I have recently become aware of reports on the death of Norman Ortiz. My department is looking into the case.'

Written question asked by Robert Flello (Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent South) on 27 October 2014:

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received of allegations of state-sponsored violence in Colombia.

Answered by Hugo Swire (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; East Devon, Conservative) answered the question on 30 October 2014:

We remain concerned by recent reports of violence in Colombia and the reported increase in threats against human rights defenders there, in particular those detailed in the “Somos Defensores” report published in August. I recently held a meeting with the hon. Gentleman and other parliamentary colleagues where I received further reports of violence in the country.

During my visit to Colombia in June, I set out our concerns about the reported rise in attacks against human rights defenders in my meetings with Colombia’s Deputy Foreign Ministers and the heads of the Colombian government’s major human rights agencies. I also met representatives from Colombian and international human rights organisations, including Oxfam and Christian Aid, to discuss the issue. The former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) also raised the issue of violence against trade unionists and human rights defenders, and cases of impunity for those responsible, with the Colombian government during his visit to Bogota in February.



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