Congressional Testimony on Violence against Trade Unionists and Human Rights in Colombia [USA]

Author: Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, Human Rights Watch, Published on: 23 July 2007

[T]he assassination of trade unionists is not simply a reflection of Colombia’s armed conflict. It is also linked directly to workers’ exercise of the basic right to organize and bargain collectively...Colombia continues to present the highest rate of violence against trade unionists in the world…[T]roubling allegations and information has been made public linking the multinational corporations Chiquita Brands and Drummond Coal to paramilitary groups and violence…In some cases, the allegations are made by paramilitary commanders themselves...In addition paramilitary commanders recently asserted that some national Colombian corporations have supported these [paramilitary] groups.

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