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Colombia: Main coal export companies release a joint statement condemning death threats and attacks against Human Rights Defenders

“Joint Press Release from Coal Exporting Companies against Threats”- May 16, 2019

On June 7, 2018, we, the companies listed here, issued a joint statement in which we expressed our reiterated rejection of the threats against the life and integrity of people in our areas of operation, and we reproach any act that seeks to undermine the right to participation and expression. To date, we continue working on the development and implementation of joint collaboration strategies for the protection of life and personal integrity of people at risk from threats, based on informed and respectful dialogue…We received with repudiation the numerous cases of threats and stigmatization that have occurred in recent months, and particularly the pamphlets circulated on May 11 against our workers, who are members of the Sintraminergética, Sintradem, CGT and Sintracarbón unions, as well as against social leaders of the regions of Cesar and La Guajira. We believe that the defense work carried out by these leaders is fundamental within the framework of the democratic exercise, and we express our rejection to those who consider that this exercise is questioned by the companies here signatories.