9. You are accusing me of lying. Everyone else knows Colombia has NOT been prosecuting crimes
of assassination, torture, etc. against union workers, and the few which have been undertaken are wildly insufficient, and very, very recent, as in during the time the FTA has been held up because of universal protests over Colombia's human rights records.
Pretty damned low, but it's a familiar pattern.
Please take the time to note:
Posted: February 11, 2011 01:06 PM
Colombia's Anti-Union Violence Rules out Free Trade Agreement
The level of anti-union violence in Colombia is only acceptable if you don't really care about the victims or justice. Last year, 46 unionists were murdered in a country less than one-seventh the size of the United States -- a rate that would translate to more than 320 murdered union members and leaders in a country of our size. Would we stand for that here?
Even if the number of murders had fallen to zero last year, it would be far too soon to reward Colombia for an improvement. The violence against unionists in Colombia has been so vicious and overwhelming that there should be no trade deal until years have passed without any further incidents. In addition to the murders of more than 2,850 trade unionists (more than 700 of whom were union leaders) over the last 25 years, there have been more than 10,000 violent incidents such as kidnappings, cases of torture, assaults, death threats, disappearances, etc.
Appalling violence continues in Colombia. Last year's 46 murders of unionists followed 47 in 2009 and 49 in 2008. Eleven of the 2010 murders occurred during the new Santos presidency, and dozens of death threats are being made against unionists and their leaders month after month. The campaign of terror hasn't stopped.
Most of the unionists' murders have never even been investigated. The Colombian attorney general is investigating only 800 cases in the union\human rights groups' database of murdered trade unionists.