Union Offices Bombed in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 21 November 2008

The regional headquarters of the Colombian trade union confederation CUT have been attacked with explosives causing "severe damage" according to national CUT leader Tarsicio Mora. The building where the bomb exploded also housed the local offices of several human rights, peasant farmer and indigenous rights groups.

Mora condemned the attacks, which occurred yesterday in the town of Saravena (Arauca), as "the type of actions that curtail the freedom of association and freedom of expression of Colombian trade unions" and called for increased international solidarity with the Colombian union movement. The bombing came only hours after the CUT had accused Colombian President Alvaro Uribe of implementing anti-trade union policies and said that hundreds of trade unionists had been murdered during his presidency.

The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights also condemned the attacks in a press statement today and requested that the Colombian authorities investigate who was behind the attack. The UN also demanded that the Colombian Government do more to protect those involved in human rights work in Arauca.

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