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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 05:09 PM

Int'l groups ask to investigate crimes against unionists under ex-president (Colombia)

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Source: Colombia Reports

Int'l groups ask to investigate crimes against unionists under ex-president .
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:13 Caitlin Trent

Hundreds of crimes against unionists, including murders and disappearances, during former President Alvaro Uribe's administration have been asked to be investigated.

Several entities including the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), have asked the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to open an investigation on up to 775 crimes committed against trade unionists in Colombia between 2002 and 2012 mostly during Uribe's presidency (2002-2010), Caracol Radio reported.

"In this wave of attacks on trade unionists which include kidnappings, harassment, threats, attacks and killings, it proves that there was a clear order to attack trade union movements, where defense ministers, senior military commanders and the chairman of the era, as high as the commander of military forces were involved," said Alirio Uribe, the president of the Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective (CAJAR) which, along with the ECCHR, has brought the investigation to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

According to figures turned into the ICC, there were 3,785 cases of threats, 455 arbitrary detentions, and 361 harassment cases against unionists. There were also 775 murders and 61 disappearances of unionists, all taking place in the 10-year period, eight of which were under the Uribe administration.

Read more: http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/26446-intl-groups-ask-to-investigate-crimes-against-unionists-under-ex-president.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 05:34 PM

1. wouldn't all these Colombia posts

be better in the Latin America group?

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 06:45 PM

3. Our own Democrats in Congress and the Senate have been actively involved

in human rights concerns in Colombia since years ago. Paul Wellstone was investigating in Colombia when he had close brushes with death TWICE, and these were human-related incidents, not mere accidents. One was a narrowly averted bomb buried where his car would be parked when he was scheduled to investigate Colombian government Round-up spraying, which has devastated the livelihoods, and health and animals, of Colombian poor farmers, and all natural flora and fauna in Colombia.

Our Congressional Republican members have viewed Colombia as a necessary foothold in the Americas.

This country has supported the right-wing regimes there since the first left-wing candidate for the Presidency was publicly assassinated in 1948, and throughout successive assassinations of other left-wing politicians.

This country has loaded over 8 billion dollars into the Colombian government since 2000.

We have formally supported Alvaro Uribe, even though our own Defence Department investigated him in the 1990's and determined he had had ties throughout his political career to the narco-trafficking right-wing paramilitaries, he and his father before him, and he was a close friend of mega criminal war-lord, narcotrafficker Pablo Escobar.

Uribe has involved the U.S. in his entire Presidential career, making many trips to Washington to get support from Republicans for his Free Trade Act, even going to Plains, Georgia to beg Jimmy Carter, then claiming Carter supported him, only to have to retract it at Carter's immediate response.

It may be a matter of time before this little teflon mass-murdering monster is behind bars himself.

Paramilitaries been slaughtering innocent campesinos and claiming they were the "enemy" and either throwing them into rivers, after publicly tearing them apart with chain saws, or burying them in huge mass graves, one which site drained into a village's water supply and poisoned the people, or even disposing them in thrown-up crematoria, as testified by former paramilitaries.

Many testimonies have already been formally made tying his administration, his miltary to these events.

Colombian officers have been thrown in prison for having ordered their troops to participate in the massacres conducted by paramilitaries.

Colombian troops have themselves committed "false positivves" murders, shooting even women in the back and claiming they were enemies, and adding them to their "kill counts".

Don't know how much more the U.S. could be involved. What has been missing is the U.S. corporate media's decision to NEVER share this information with the taxpayers. What we don't know shouldn't hurt us but it sure is hurting Colombian citizens.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 06:42 PM

2. Context?

 

Judi, I think you really don't have the whole picture, but a few dots of it. And somehow those dots were assigned a popular name, Uribe, and connected to those of trade unions, left, liberal, democracy. I find that frivolous, and rather an eco of somebody else's thought or plans. But as far as I'm concerned Uribe was a good president for the times, hard working, good manager, indeed nationalist, lawyer, a good survivor amid violence from inside and probably trigger from outside, religious, and obviously favors the political right ideology. Likely one more of the many victims for wanting to improve himself and his fellow country people. Maybe iIm very wrong in my perceptions, but so may you be, but I'm not a journalist, so I suggest you do your homework well done, then assess properly. I'll gladly accept your dissertation on a subject on latinoamerica. If we are to improve the world it starts in small steps with valid analysis. Human rights groups make a good living out of the same speech, but I don't see the effect in the proposed and outspoken ideas, it only gets worst, as your numbers account for, how can you take take a slide of the pie and conclude anything?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 07:14 PM

4. Bad politics

 

Try improviing it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 05:38 AM

5. Locking - not national news

The LBN hosts feel this is not of national interest in the USA. Please continue discussion in the thread on this in the Latin American group: http://www.democraticunderground.com/11086238

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