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Colombia: Amnesty Intl. highlights "systematic" attacks against trade unionists

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3 July 2007

Colombia: One of world’s most dangerous places for trade unionists

Author: Amnesty International

...[T]housands of cases of threats and killings and a chronic lack of investigations and prosecutions, makes Colombia one of the most dangerous places in the world for trade unionists, according to a new report [:]...["]Killings, arbitrary detentions, and death threats -- the reality of trade unionism in Colombia["] highlights a pattern of systematic attacks against trade unionists involved in labour disputes and in campaigns against privatization and in favour of workers' rights in some areas where extractive industries operate. Colombia's National Trade Union School documented 2,245 killings, 3,400 threats and 138 forced disappearances of trade unionists between January 1991 and December 2006...Amnesty International is calling on companies working in Colombia to use their influence with the Colombian government to end and prevent human rights abuses against trade unionists. [includes links to full report and case studies. Full report refers to Drummond, Coca-Cola, Ecopetrol, AngloGold Ashanti (Kedahda S.A.)]

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Author: Amnistía Internacional

...miles de casos de amenazas y homicidio y...una falta crónica de investigaciones y procesamientos, convierte a Colombia en uno de los lugares más peligrosos del mundo para los sindicalistas, expone Amnistía...en un nuevo informe [:]...["]Homicidios, detenciones arbitrarias y amenazas de muerte: la realidad del sindicalismo en Colombia["], [que]...destaca la existencia de un patrón de agresiones sistemáticas contra sindicalistas involucrados en disputas laborales y en campañas en contra de privatizaciones y en favor de los derechos de los trabajadores en algunas zonas donde desarrollan su actividad industrias extractivas. La organización colombiana Escuela Nacional Sindical documentó 2.245 homicidios, 3.400 amenazas y 138 desapariciones forzadas de sindicalistas entre enero de 1991 y diciembre de 2006...Amnistía...pide a las empresas con actividades en Colombia que utilicen su influencia con el gobierno colombiano para detener y prevenir los abusos contra los derechos humanos de que son víctima los sindicalistas. [incluye vínculo al informe completo y a casos que se analizan en el informe. Informe completo se refiere a Drummond, Coca-Cola, Ecopetrol, AngloGold Ashanti (Kedahda S.A.)]]

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Author: Amnesty International

Un pseudo processus de démobilisation des paramilitaires combiné à des milliers de cas de menaces et d'homicides et un manque chronique d'enquêtes et de poursuites judiciaires font de la Colombie un des endroits les plus dangereux au monde pour les syndicalistes, selon un nouveau rapport publié par Amnesty International ce mardi 3 juillet. Intitulé Killings, arbitrary detentions and death threats – the reality of trade unionism in Colombia décrit les attaques systématiques dont sont victimes les syndicalistes qui participent aux campagnes syndicales menées contre les privatisations et en faveur des droits des travailleurs dans les zones d'exploitation industrielle.

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