Trade Union Murders in Colombia Climb to 19 Following Assassination of Health Workers Union Leader

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 12 May 2009

The Colombian health workers trade union ANTHOC yesterday announced that one of their regional leaders in the central region of Bolivar has been assassinated. Vilma Carcamo Blanco was killed at around midday on Saturday when men on motorcycles pulled alongside her car and shot her repeatedly as she was driving in the town of Magangue. She was the 19th trade unionist killed so far this year in Colombia and, as in the other cases, her killers have not been brought to justice.

According to Hector Alvis Gaviria, the President of ANTHOC in the region, at the time of her death Ms Carcamo Blanco was active in pay negotiations with the authorities and had been leading a campaign to ensure that health workers in Bolivar received back pay that was owed to them.

The largest trade union organisation in the world, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) representing over 170 million workers in over 150 countries, today wrote to President Uribe of Colombia "categorically denouncing and condemning" the latest murders and calling on his government to act to put an end to the killings.

However, the Colombian Government still denies the extent of the problem. Statistics released by the regime in Bogota are, say trade unions in Colombia, manipulated to show an improvement in the situation. The most recent statistics provided by the Colombian authorities say that only four trade unionists were assassinated between January and March this year – the true figure is ten.

The full list of trade unionists murdered so far this year in Colombia is as follows:

May 9th, Vilma Carcamo Blanco, member of ATHOC, killed in the region of Bolivar

April 24th, Milton Blanco Leguizamon, member of ASEDAR, killed in the region of Arauca

April 22nd, Victor Franco Franco, member of EDUCAL, killed in the region of Tame

April 22nd, Edgar Martinez, member of FEDEAGROSIMBOL, killed in the region of Bolivar

April 18th, Asdrubal Sanchez Perez, member of ASEINPEC, killed in the region of Cordoba

April 16th, Frank Mauricio Aguire, member of ASEMPI, killed in the region of Antioquia

April 4th, Hernan Polo Barrera, member of SITRAENAL, killed in the region of Cordoba

March 27th, Armando Carreno, member of USO, killed in the region of Arauca

March 24th, Ramiro Cuadros Roballo, member of SUTEV, killed in the region of Valle del Cauca

March 21st, Walter Escobar Marin, member of SUTEV, killed in the region of Valle del Cauca

March 21st, Alexander Pinto Gomez, member of ASEINPEC, killed in the region of Santander

March 21st, Jose Alejandro Amado Castillo, member of ASEINPEC, killed in the region of Santander

February 20th, Leoncio Gutierrez, Member of SUTEV, killed in the región of Valle del Cauca

February 15th, Guillermo Antonio Ramirez, member of SER, killed in the region of Risaralda

February 12th, Luis Alberto Arango, member of APALL, killed in the region of Santander

January 28th, Leovigildo Mejia, member of ASOGRAS, killed in the region of Santander

January 16th, Arled Samboni, member of FENSUAGRO, killed in the region of Cauca

January 9th, Diego Ricardo Rasedo Guevara, member of ASOGRAS, killed in the region of Santander

January 1st, Adolfo Tique, member of SINTRAGRITOL, killed in the region of Tolima



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