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Colombia: Armed Conflict

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the evidential basis is for the statement that Justice for Colombia supports the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia made by the Minister of State for South America; and if he will make a statement. (196922)

This Government regard an active civil society, able to operate freely and without fear, as a fundamental aspect of any democracy, particularly so in a country as dangerous as Colombia. Trade unionists have an absolutely key role in this.

We welcome the opportunity to work with all those organisations who share our goal of promoting peace and prosperity in Colombia, including the Trades Union Congress and Justice for Colombia. We intend to work closely with British trade unions and their affiliated bodies to uphold the rights and security of trade unionists in Colombia.