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3 Jul 2007

Amnesty International

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

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

Coca-Cola lawsuit (re Colombia)