EDM celebrates release of Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 1 February 2017

An Early day Motion (EDM) has been tabled in the British Parliament welcoming the release on 13 January of trade union leader Huber Ballesteros after three and a half years in prison. The EDM gives special recognition to Justice for Colombia for its campaign for his freedom. The motion also calls for the release of all political prisoners in Colombia as soon as possible.

This motion was tabled by a cross party group of MPs representing four different parties. It was supported by Robert Flello, Labour, Alan Meale, Labour, Jim Cunningham, Labour, Kelvin Hopkins, Labour, Mark Durkan, SDLP, and Jim Shannon, DUP.

The full text of the motion is below:

EDM 898

30 January 2017

That this House welcomes the release from prison of political prisoner Huber Ballesteros who was arrested three years as he was about to travel to the UK to address the TUC Congress, maintains that the charges against him were concocted and false, congratulates Justice for Colombia for its tireless campaign for his freedom, also pays tribute also to the many trade unions for their part in Justice for Colombia’s campaign and Amnesty International for adopting his case, appreciates the work of the British Embassy in Bogota for monitoring his case and visiting him in prison, hopes that the Amnesty Law which is a part of the Colombia Peace Agreement will be honoured, and urges the release of all political prisoners in Colombia as soon as possible.

To view the EDM on the Parliament website:


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