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Colombia: Trade Unions

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the number of trade unionists murdered in Colombia in the last 12 months. (301895)

I have seen various reports of the number of trade unionists murdered in Colombia in 2009. The bottom line is that a single murder of a trade unionist or human rights defender is one too many. This issue is of great concern to us. During a meeting with President Uribe while visiting Colombia in October, I urged the Colombian government to do everything possible to ensure that those in Colombia who fight to defend human rights are able to do their work in safety and without fear.