URGENT: Trade Union Leader Disappeared

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 24 April 2008

Guillermo Rivera, a trade union leader and opposition political activist has disappeared and there are serious concerns for his life. Mr Rivera, who disappeared on Tuesday 22nd April after walking his daughter to a bus stop in the Colombian capital Bogota, is the President of SINSERPUB, the Bogota public sector workers' trade union. He is also an activist in the 'Polo Democratico' opposition political party.

Mr Rivera was involved in the March 6th national day of action in Colombia that human rights groups and trade unions arranged to protest ongoing state-sponsored and paramilitary violence. At the time a Government spokesman accused those participating of supporting the FARC guerrilla group and since then many of those involved have been threatened and several murdered.

Mr Rivera was last seen at 6.30am on Tuesday walking away from the bus stop where he had put his daughter on a school bus in the Bogota neighbourhood of Tunal where he lives. He was due to return home after dropping his daughter off but did not arrive.

Please telephone the Colombian Embassy in London on 0207 589 9177 and ask what measures the Colombian authorities are taking to find Mr Rivera.



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