Colombian Civil Society Leaders Conclude Successful London Visit
Justice For Colombia News |
on: Thursday, 15 May 2008
A visit arranged by Justice for Colombia for five senior civil society leaders to London has ended successfully after two days of meetings. As well as meeting with government officials and trade unionists the group gave several Members of Parliament detailed briefings about the situation in Colombia and spoke to the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Latin America and Human Rights.
The group consisted of Omar Fernandez of the Christian Movement for Peace (MCCPJD), Higinio Obispo Gonzalez of the National Indigenous Organisation of Colombia (ONIC), Gloria Amparo Suarez of the Popular Women's Organisation (OFP), Gilberto Martinez of the health workers trade union ANTHOC, and Nelly Celorio a representative of Colombia's Afro-Colombian communities.
During their two days in London the visitors met with officials from the TUC, the Foreign Office, several trade unions and Amnesty International. They also spoke at two meetings in Parliament – one hosted by Baroness Gibson the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Latin America, and another hosted by Jeremy Corbyn MP the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights.
The party also met with various MPs for one-to-one briefings including Colin Burgon, Labour MP for Leeds, Tony Lloyd, Labour MP for Manchester, and Katy Clark, a Scottish Labour MP.
The visitors made clear the opposition to ongoing UK military assistance to Colombia and called for the funds to be diverted into social and development projects that would benefit the Colombian people.