New Parliamentary Group on Colombia Launched

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Members of the British Parliament yesterday established a new 'Friends of Colombia' group aiming to increase awareness within Parliament of the situation in Colombia and campaign for an improvement in the human rights situation there. Over 20 MPs attended the launch meeting in Parliament earlier today with a further 24 sending their apologies but making clear that they will be joining the group. Among those that have signed up are several former Ministers.

'Friends of Colombia' will be chaired by Tony Lloyd MP, the chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party and a vice-president of Justice for Colombia (JFC). Speaking at the launch meeting TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber told the MPs that their work would help to highlight the "appalling levels of human rights abuses in Colombia" and that he looked forward to working closely with them to find ways in which the situation in Colombia could be improved.

The new group agreed to request a meeting with Foreign Secretary David Miliband to discuss the situation in Colombia and to lobby the European Union to put a pending trade deal with Colombia on hold until a solution to the human rights crisis could be found.

Justice for Colombia looks forward to working closely with the 'Friends of Colombia' group and hopes that their efforts will contribute to an improvement in the human rights situation in Colombia and progress on ending UK military aid to Colombia.

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