No letup in anti-union pressure in Colombia

Author: Intl. Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Published on: 19 April 2013

…[T]hreats [have been] issued to 92 organisations and leaders defending human, political and labour rights. The activists were slandered and declared "enemies and permanent military targets" for having "attacked the government’s good and noble intentions to foster peace"…[and]…"the threats will be acted upon" if their activities are not brought to an end…Over 280 trade unionists received death threats and 20 were killed in Colombia during 2012. Four trade unionists have already been assassinated in the first three months of 2013…[R]elentless attacks on the Colombian trade union movement, include[e] the constant intimidation, harassment, persecution and murder of union leaders and members, in blatant violation of the core ILO Conventions ratified by Colombia.

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