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29 Mar 2016

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Colombian union leader Gilberto Torres discusses lawsuit against BP over its alleged involvement in his kidnapping, torture by paramilitaries

In this video interview Colombian trade union leader Gilberto Torres discusses his lawsuit against BP in UK courts for its alleged involvement in his kidnapping and torture by paramilitaries in 2002.

“…[This] is a big challenge. As we say very colloquially in Colombia, this is a fight between a tiger and a fettered donkey. But… it is obvious that all these lawsuits and all these testimonies and interviews do make a dent, in the company’s image, in the paramilitaries, in the Colombian state itself… I believe in the lawyers who are fighting the case here in London... I am convinced that the evidence we have, that we have been gathering, can be the basis for us to seek this justice...”