UK: Brown faces call to end military support for Colombia


This video from Britain is called Justice for Colombia speech to ATL part 1 of 3.

Part 2 is here.

Part 3 is here.

From British daily The Guardian:

Brown faces call to end military support for Colombia

David Hencke, Westminster correspondent

Wednesday August 29, 2007

Gordon Brown is facing demands from Labour and the TUC to distance himself from George Bush in a second area of foreign policy – by blocking arms sales and withdrawing all military aid to the US president’s staunchest Latin American ally, Colombia.

Up to 150 Labour MPs and union leaders are expected to table a motion at next month’s Labour party conference demanding the end of British military support to Colombia because of human rights abuses following a decision by Democrats in the US Congress to curb a $4bn (£1.99bn) anti-narcotics programme, aimed mainly at Colombia, which is seen as cover for US military aid.

Human Cost Of Colombian Coal Revealed: here.

Trade unionists from UNISON and Hammersmith Trades Council joined samba musicians, Iranian refugees and students from Sussex university on Colombia Solidarity Campaign’s emergency protest at Coca-Cola’s London Headquarters on 20 December.

Brown and the Iraq war: here.

Gordon Brown and Margaret Thatcher: here.

The British Conservatives and the Iraq war: here.

5 thoughts on “UK: Brown faces call to end military support for Colombia

  1. Colombian soldiers get 40 years for union killings
    Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:16PM EDT

    By Hugh Bronstein

    BOGOTA (Reuters) – Four Colombian soldiers were sentenced to 40 years each for murdering union officials in 2004, a decision the government said reflects its commitment to labor rights as it tries to clinch a U.S. free trade deal.

    In a ruling announced on Tuesday, a judge said the soldiers shot three defenseless trade unionists in the eastern province of Arauco, put guns in their hands and arranged their bodies to make it look like they were rebels killed in combat.

    “This proves what human rights groups and the United Nations had long reported, that some sectors of the army had the practice of killing civilians and passing them off as guerrillas,” said political commentator Daniel Coronell.

    The government said the ruling “confirms our policy of respecting the work of labor unions.”

    Trade talks with the United States have been bogged down over concerns about the rule of law in Colombia, which is engaged in a four-decade-old war against leftist guerrillas and reports more murders of union members than any other country.

    Democrats in control of the U.S. Congress say they will not approve the pending trade pact until more is done to protect labor rights in Colombia.

    The U.S. Democrats want President Alvaro Uribe’s government to take a tougher stance against Colombia’s right-wing paramilitaries who have cooperated with the army in their fight against the guerrillas.

    Colombia has mounted a campaign in the United States to push for the trade deal and contain the damage done by a scandal linking some of Uribe’s closest political allies with paramilitary death squads.

    Last week Colombia said it would extradite demobilized paramilitary leader Carlos Mario Jimenez, alias Macaco, for running a drug smuggling ring from jail.

    It was the government’s hardest blow yet against militia leaders who signed a peace deal agreeing to turn in their guns and give up crime in exchange for reduced jail terms.

    Uribe’s international standing has been diminished by the scandal in which his former security chief is charged with providing a death list of union leaders to the paramilitaries.

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