Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 23 May 2011

Aracely Caņaveral

Aracely Caņaveral

Justice for Colombia is extremely pleased to announce that Aracely Cañaveral Velez, the Colombian trade unionist and political prisoner has finally been released after a national and international campaign calling for her freedom. A Judge ordered her release on May 16th. Aracely was arrested in Medellin on January 17th this year and taken to Cartagena, several hundred kilometres away, on charges of rebellion and conspiracy to commit crimes relating to narcotrafficking.

Aracely has been a trade unionist since 1981 and is a survivor of the Patriotic Union (UP) opposition party that was wiped out in the 1980s. At the time of her arrest she was working in the informal workers union, ASOTRACOMERCIANT and had established the NEPO trade union community school in Medellin.

The collapse of the cases against Aracely Cañaveral, and other political prisoners linked to the same charges Julian Aldoni Dominguez, William Rivera Rueda and Angie Gaona exposes the Colombian government continued practice of using imprisonment as a means to harass trade unions and the political opposition. It is yet another example of how effective international campaigns such as Justice for Colombia’s political prisoners’ campaign are in ensuring the release of political prisoners.

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