Colombian journalists oppressed

This video is called Trade Unions and Humans Rigths in Colombia; Parmenio Poveda.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Duque tells of rights abuses

Sunday 10 April 2011

by John Millington in Southport

Colombian journalist Claudia Julieta Duque was given two standing ovations after a powerful speech at the NUJ national conference on Saturday.

Many delegates were moved to tears as Ms Duque revealed that she had been subject to rape and death threats from Colombia‘s notorious state-sponsored right-wing paramilitaries for speaking out against human rights abuses.

Ms Duque described a “mafia regime” where 57 journalists were threatened last year on top of the continuing murder and persecution of trade unionists.

“There is a systematic campaign against journalists, trade unionists and opposition leaders,” she told delegates.

“It presents a significant challenge to be governed by criminals who are closely linked to paramilitary groups and drugs barons.”

But the soft-spoken journalist said she refused to be “put in a corner” and would continue to lift the lid on human rights violations in the country.

“Eight years ago the government began a campaign against the truth and against investigation of human rights abuses,” she said.

“There have been 1,004 attacks on journalists in eight years.

“The challenge is to fight against impunity of what the government has done.”

Ms Duque, who works for human rights information channel Radio Nizkor, slammed the international community for their lack of support for human rights defenders in Colombia.

But she added: “I have survived only because of international support from the NUJ and others.”

“My message is not only that being a journalist in Colombia is an adventure.

“What is happening is a crime against humanity.”

Ms Duque is being sued for libel and slander in Colombia, a tactic that outgoing NUJ leader Jeremy Dear had earlier described as “standard practice” in Colombia to try to prevent the truth emerging.

Mr Dear added that court papers being used in Ms Duque’s case suggested that Britain has funded Colombian security force DAS, which former Colombian deputy director of counter-intelligence Jorge Alberto Lagos admitted this month had been “infiltrated” by paramilitaries.

“If it is found that they funded this organisation, the UK government is complicit in the killing of trade unionists and journalists,” said Mr Dear.

The TUC and unions from across Europe and Latin America today condemned the European Commission’s decision to initiate a draft free trade agreement between the EU and Colombia because of the country’s abhorrent human rights records: here.

Ireland: John Bowen of Ireland South Clerical won conference support for his demand that the executive committee should lobby British Irish MEPs to persuade them not to ratify the EU preferential trade treaty with Colombia: here.

Colombia: US corporation linked to death squad; new evidence revealed: here.

Trade union leaders have rejected government claims that human rights and trade unionist protection has improved. The rejection denigrates symbolic gestures aimed at securing a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States. The trade union leaders say the FTA will help multinational companies over Colombian workers: here.

Remember Me: Voices of the Silenced in Colombia: Art Exhibition: here.

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  1. Massive protests against policies of Colombian president

    Hundreds of thousands of workers, students and retirees marched April 6 in Bogota, Barranquilla, Cali, Medellin and other cities across Colombia to protest the anti-worker policies of the government of Juan Manuel Santos. It was the first mass protest that the Santos government has experienced since Santos took over the reins from Alvaro Uribe last August.

    Among the demands of the marchers were defense of labor rights, improved conditions for teachers and other employees and pensioners, and measures to decrease unemployment and protect union activists.

    Colombia is notorious for violations of labor rights, and union activists have often suffered torture and death at the hands of paramilitary death squads.

    Student and teacher groups marched as well to protest educational reforms that will lead to privatization of education.

    President Santos was not in Colombia at the time of the protests, but was in the US to preside over the UN Security Council and meet with US President Barack Obama. The vice president, Angelino Garzon, warned the protesters of their “duty to be an expression of civility.”

    Colombian Minister of Defense Rodrigo Rivera and DAS intelligence agency director Felipe Muñoz attempted to discount and intimidate marchers beforehand, telling reporters that FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and ELN (Army of National Liberation) guerrillas planned to infiltrate the demonstrations.

    Nonetheless, the demonstrations drew large crowds, with estimates by the CUT trade union federation of participation reaching 1.5 million. Apart from a few incidents in Bogota and Pereira, the demonstrations were peaceful, according to PressTV.


  2. Information that ould help Ms Claudia Julieta Duque
    Go to a blog by Professor Claude Fischer entitled: A crime puzzle; violent crime declines in America If you look at my account below, BRITAINS SECRET DEATH SQUADS, in forensic detail, you will become aware that the graph of the fall in murder rate in America mirrors my account below. This is because what I appeared on the front page of the North West Evening Mail, 12 Oct, 1999; I warned of a Nazi militia targeting Cumbria in the UK. Because of the publicity this militia immediately fled. As the past decade has gone by I have become aware that what happened in Cumbria has had a global impact. This is the assasination arm of the CIA; the one Obama recently discovered; the one Cheney said was only make believe and only since 9/11.

    In 2009 President Obama put Leon Paneta in charge of the CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY(CIA). Panetta eventually found out that the CIA was running secret assassination squads in, ‘friendly countries’, to the USA. These squads were run by Dick Cheeney. They have been kept secret from Congress. Cheeney insists they have been thought of only since 9/11 but were never made operational. Many in Congress do not believe him and are calling for proper investigations to be undertaken. Anyway I’m not holding my breath, Below is Britain’s part of that programme

    On November 27 2008, Bob Quick, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner in charge of specialist operations and counter-terrorism, raided the English parliament. Quick raided Damian Green MP`s office in parliament, his constituency office and his home address. It`s the first time parliament has been raided by state forces in about 400 years. Damian Green MP had all his computers confiscated. He had been leaking information to the media regards government and Home Office cover up’s. Damian Green had a civil servant in the Treasury Department of the Home Office who was acting as a mole.
    The present commissioner for UK police is sir Paul Stephenson, he authorized the raid on parliament, at first Stephenson didn’t want to raid parliament but Quick assured him it was the only way, ‘to do it’ so Stephenson gave Quick the green light. Damien Green MP was arrested and his computers were searched.
    I know what they were looking for; they were looking for any evidence relating to the programme that was piloted in Lancashire. Sir Paul Stephenson was Superintendent of Lancashire Constabulary at that time. He was said to have been in charge of a squad that was set up to look into the root causes of crime.
    On March 14th 1991 an article appeared in the Citizen newspaper, a free paper distributed in Lancashire. The article was a police press release and its contents were as follows:

    END OF THE CRIME LINE Three thousand five hundred volunteer drivers have targeted Lancashire over the last two years, it’s been a pilot scheme, first of it’s kind ever, funded by the Home Office and run in conjunction with the police. The criminal fraternity know all about who we are, we’ve hit every one of our targets and we’ve been so successful that we are now to move nation wide, other bodies will take over where we leave off.

    The above operation was the forerunner to the National Criminal Intelligence Service, (NCIS). Jack Straw, the Home secretary, placed them on a statutory basis in 1998 after the Labour Party won the 1997 general election,

    That article has disappeared from all libraries in Lancashire, see EXHIBIT

    The Citizen newspaper archives relating to above article have also disappeared, EXHIBIT.

    The Editor of the Citizen, at my request, made repeated requests to Lancashire police to provide a copy of the above police press release but eventually was told by the police to “back off”.

    On March 14 1991, same date as above article published, a leaflet was put through letterboxes over a large swathe of Preston by an organization calling itself the,’Third Position’. EXHIBIT A councilor held a meeting in Preston Town Hall to bring this to the attention of other councilors.

    Throughout that two-year period I was constantly stalked and terrorized by the above, they operated in “rat packs” and were using “high frequency”weapons on myself and family, EXHIBIT. For information on these weapons check out the following web sites: Paul Baird. Psychotronic or microwave weapons, Tim Rifat, microwave weapons used in the UK,Dr less Dove ,Cheril Wealch, citizens against microwave weapons, Elonar White, John Finch and there are many more. A good one is AMERICAS SECRET POLICE.

    POLICE ENLIST ARMY OF SPOTTERS, that article mentions 700 spotters sponsored by BNFL, BAe systems and group 4 Total Securities, these are the other bodies that have taken over from the earlier two-year pilot scheme EXHIBIT .

    This “third position,” stands for neither capitalism nor communism, but a “Third Position.” This organization is from Italy and it’s roots go back to Mussolini, it was responsible for the Bologna train bombing in 1980, 85 people lost their lives. Up until this point the Italian authorities thought they were just a bunch of patriots. After Bologna they were deemed to be a nazi death squad. The Italian authorities started to track these murderers but a lot of them managed to escape Italy, and found safe haven amongst fascists in London, England.
    It is also called “Forza Nuova,” see BID TO OUTLAW FACHISTS SPARKS DIPLOMATIC ROW. This article is about a row in the Italian parliament in 2003 where calls were made to cut off diplomatic relations with Britain. The calls came when it was discovered that the nazi murder squad that fled Italy were working with the secret intelligence services of Great Britain. EXHIBIT

    Nicholas Griffin, head of the BNP (British National Party) was in charge of the International Third Position with Roberto Fiore in the mid 1980’s (Fiore found safe haven in London UK, after fleeing Italy).

    I sent the following information to Jacquie Smith, the then Home Secretary, about two weeks before Bob Quick flashed a so called top secret document to the press outside the British Prime Ministers home, 10 Downing St, and resigned the following day.

    My MP has seen the following. John Hutton. I went to see him after I had been terrorized out of Preston, Lancashire, and had fled back to Cumbria with my family. At my request, John Hutton wrote to the Chief Constable of Lancashire police, Mrs Claire, on the 7th October 1997. He asked for details of the organization piloted by the police in Lancashire to which all the records have vanished. The reply was dated 10th October 1997 and A D Dolphin, Inspector, signed it. It stated: Unfortunately, neither I nor my colleagues can recollect a scheme as described by your constituent.

    I had recited the wording of the police press release to John Hutton and shown him documentation from Lancashire`s head Librarian which stated that records had gone missing from the archives of all Lancashire’s` Libraries.

    I went back to see Mr Hutton and told him that, they can’t recollect isn’t good enough, he shrugged his shoulders. My partner phoned John Hutton’s office to make me an appointment after this but was told I wasn’t having one by his research assistant, who was also aware of my plight.

    I sent it to Michael Howard when he was the leader of the Conservative Party in 2004, his reply was that strict parliamentary rules stopped him from being able to help me personally but the wider issues I raised concerned him and that he would be forwarding this information to the Conservative Party Policy Making group.

    I also sent this to Clair Short MP, her reply was that John Hutton MP would have to deal with it and that she had forwarded the information to him. Again John Hutton MP who is my MP will do nothing.

    This has also been sent to Kevin McNamara MP. I asked him to make sure this gets to Commander David Armond who is acting on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner regarding investigation into intelligence services in relation to the Lady Diana inquiry?

    In the summer of 1991, I watched a World in Action documentary; it was about the Italian Gladios. The head of the Gladio`s was being interviewed. The Gladios were discovered because someone found documentation relating to them. The head Gladio was asked, ‘who and what was your organization in Italy’, the reply was, ‘ we were set up secretly, by the Italian Government, to stave of Russian KGB infiltration but in reality we didn’t do that, instead we targeted our own people. No one knew of our existence, not even the police; three police officers became aware of our organization so we lured them to what they thought were stolen cars, we then detonated remote controlled bombs placed inside those supposedly stolen cars and killed them. We targeted anyone who spoke out against the far right, we murdered them, no one ever got caught.’

    Interviewer then said ‘you scum bags, I can understand atrocities being committed when one nation is at war with another but, to do that to your own people, you scum.’

    Head Gladio replied, ‘don’t you call us scum bags, I’ll tell you something, we send our gladios to your country, Great Britain, to get them trained, its so big and highly organized in your country that’s why we send them, to get them trained, then they return to Italy to carry out that training.’

    Interviewer asks, ‘where are they being trained in GB’.

    Gladio boss says, ‘ Im not telling you, that’s a matter for you and your people, all I’ll say is that the Free
    Masons and the extreme right are at the back of it’.

    October 2nd 1992, front page of Lancashire Eve post carried the story, Hidden Terror of Race Abuse Revealed EXHIBIT . An Asian taxi driver told me in early 1988 that race relations in Preston were very good, so the affect of the above was to turn Preston from a town that was tolerant of different races and cultures, into a nazi hell hole.

    I have asked numerous solicitors for help, none will. I have even contacted a law firm named Matrix, Cherie Blair’s firm, wife of Tony Blair, the reply I got was that it’s not their problem.

    Cherie Blair has since been in front of a government Select Committee looking spooked, telling them that she is terrified of letting her kids out because of the amount of murders happening on the streets of Britain.

    The National Criminal Intelligence Service has been discontinued because it never caught any serious criminals. It has been replaced by the Serious and organized Crime Agency, (SOCA). Two former employees have appeared on a Brtish national news programme, Channel 4, saying that SOCA gets hundreds of calls from other agencies regarding serious crime, and that they ignore the intelligence they are supplied with.

    Daily Star, 24 January 2010 has a story, ON THE RUN MAFIA UK. Terror gang fears over fugitives who fled Italy:
    The five-all members of the infamous Camorra mob-have escaped detection despite a tip-off from a super grass that they were in Lancashire in the UK.
    Detectives believe they are forming a new clan.
    They have been blamed for 4000 murders over the last 30 years.
    Lancashire police and SOCA say they cannot find them.
    They were told by Gennaro Panzuto, the mafia, ‘godfather’ who was seized near Preston, Lancs in 2007 and extradited to Italy.
    It was he who revealed that 5 Camorra mobsters were living in Lancashire.
    A prosecutor in Naples told the Daily Star; Panzuto was able to give us much information not only on crimes in Italy but also on associates in the UK.

    A SOCA insider said; ‘Italian mafia organizations are among the hardest too crack’.

    Tuesday, October 12, 1999.
    On the above date I appeared on the front page of the North West Evening mail. The headline was NAZI ATTACK ON WAR MEMORIAL. My picture appeared in front of the desecrated war memorial. I warned the people that a paramilitary nazi outfit was targeting Cumbria just as I had seen them target Preston when I lived in Lancashire.

    The nazi outfit immediately vanished from my home town of barrow as a result of this front page expose of them. Barrow instantly went back to how I remembered the town thirty years ago. Quiet and pleasant.

    August 24, 2000.
    Article in the North West Evening Mail. That article was entitled Police Stretched to limit says detective and contained the following: Barrows most senior detective believes figures showing a huge drop in violent crime could just mean fewer incidents being spotted because the town has fewer officers on the streets. A 40% cut in violent offences revealed in new force figures. Figures released showed that between April and July last year there were 621 violent offences. This year only 380 incidents had been reported.

    On studying the above I realised the police had compared a two month period of 1999 against an eight period of 2000. The two month period had 621 violent offences whereas the eight month period of the following year had 380 incidents. I also concluded that the term ‘incidents’ did not specifically relate to just violence but was an ‘umbrella’ term.

    The police then said that this was a 40% drop in violence in 2000 compared to 1999. When I went to school we were taught that you could not compare like against unlike, a two month period against an eight month period and come up with a 40% figure.

    When I returned to Barrow in 1997 people here were terrified of walking out after dark. Lancashire University did a massive study in Barrow and found that 6 out of 10 people were frightened to walk through the town centre after dark, despite there being a military type police surveillance camera on every street corner.

    David Blunkett, Home Secretary, came to Barrow to try to find out why Barrow had gone from being one of the most violent towns in the country to one of the safest. He was met by police and town hall Chief Executive, Tom Campbell who told of how their Community Orientated Problem Solvers team (COPS) had sorted the violence problem.
    Other terms they use are Intelligence led, pro active, target hardening or neighbour hood police. Blunkett said he would tell the world that this method of policing was the key.

    I realised the only way to track things was through hospital records.

    North West Evening Mail, April 25, 2005 carried this story: Violent crime injuries down
    Researchers at Cardiff University looked at the number of people treated by accident and emergency departments as a result of violent crime between 2000 and 2004.

    The study concluded that nearly 25,000 fewer people went to casualty departments in England in 2004 after suffering a violent crime than in 2000.

    I realised that what I did in October 1999 had had not only a local impact on violence but that it had impacted nationally as well.

    Daily Mail October 23, 2009. The Crimes that no one is counting. Since 2005 the Home Office has made 320 changes to the way violent crime is recorded. Mr O’Connor suggests the picture has become so confused that ministers may need to replace entirely the 150 year old assault laws.

    Recently we are told the Home Office changed the way violent crimes were counted in 2002, Changed in a way that made it look as though a lot more violence was happening than actually was.

    This is why the British Crime Survey is telling a completely different story of violent crime trends than that of the police stats.

    So how much can Labour claim responsibility for?

    Very little, according toEnvor Solomon, deputy director of Kings College London’s Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

    He points out that the fall in crime was greatest during Labour’s first term. That’s when spending on crime and policing was at it’s lowest as the government had stuck to the Conservatives spending plan.

    However the nazi network was re-established after I drove them out of Cumbria.
    North West Evening Mail Dec 13 2001. Headline, Civilians to back police on streets.
    A local BNP activist called Bernard Devlin has organised nazi street stalkers working with neighbour hood police teams, he has been backed by Tory councillor Jack Richardson. They target decent individuals and secretly harass them. They are using directed energy weapons on thei.r targets.

    I have and am still being targeted by them and their weapons, no one will help me and all I keep hearing from Gordon Brown is that Neighbour Hood policing is the key.

    You can see why the former Deputy Mayor of London, Kit Malthouse came under fire for his claims that the Tory’s control the police. He was exactly correct. Cameron has teamed up with the European nazis and plans to abolish police authorities.

    Acpo boss: ‘lunatics’ will win with Tory police plan.. 7 September 2009.
    Sir Hugh Orde warns that under Camerons proposals to scrap police authorities the nazi nutters will end up running police, well they already are.

    The directed energy weapons that the Community Orientated Problem Solvers are using on me have caused severe arthritis in my spine and made all my large back teeth fall out.

    The raid on parliament and Damien Green MP was related to this account. Sir Paul Stephenson was in charge of the first wave of this. He was a commander in Lancashire in 1988 in charge of the3500 volunteers set up under Thatcher. That’s where your Community Orientated problem Solvers first started.

    They are the Third Position; they are behind the rise of the nazi in Britain.

    A recent documentary,When Boris met Dave, gave away that a secret phone call had been sent from the royals to Conservative Central Office. That call instructed the Tories to fast track Cameron to the top of their party as soon as possible. A link Mohamed Alfayed tried to establish in the Diana inquest but failed.

    Thatcher set it all up, New Labour have carried it all on and the election victory for Cameron on poling day.

    The Fuhrer has arrived.



  3. From the Philippines:


    19 April 2011

    For Reference: Daisy Arago, Executive Director, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights, +3910.380.1897

    Murder of mining worker equates to ‘killing’ of small-scale mining by MNCs says CTUHR

    The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) condemned the killing of Santos “Ricky” Manrique, president of Federation of Miners’ Association in Pantukan (FEDMAP) Compostela Valley saying that the incident is characteristic of how huge mining corporations are also murdering local and small-scale mining groups.

    “Whilst the murder of Manrique Santos is deplorable in itself, this incident is also reflective of the state of mining industry in the country where multinational companies are displacing small-scale local mining groups and communities of national minorities to allow MNCs to extract mineral resources in the country’s mountain ranges. With Aquino’s public private partnership, this trend will surely intensify,” says Daisy Arago, CTUHR executive director.

    “It must also be mentioned that special units of the Armed Forces are usually assigned in mining sites to ‘render security guarding services, maintain peace and order, guarding and protecting installations and properties’ of mining companies. These are made possible through MOAs between local government units, the AFP and the mining companies like in Kitako Mining and Sagittarius Mines also in Southern Mindanao. Thus, it becomes almost a given that where there are mining operations, there are also military operations,” Arago noted.

    According to reports, Manrique is one of the leaders who strongly oppose the entry of foreign mining corporations in a 1, 663 hectare gold-mining area in Kingking village in Pantukan. He is also a village councilor of Napnapan village.

    Small scale miners in Pantukan have been opposing the joint operation of the Nationwide Development Corporation (NADECOR) and Russell Mining and Minerals Inc, a US-owned mining corporation.

    Other than the Pantukan mining project, Manrique also opposed the entry of Napnapan Mineral Resources, Inc. (NMRI) that was allowed by the government to operate on a 4,912-hectare of land affecting small-scale miners in villages of Boringot, Biasong and Diat.

    In April 12 at around 6:30 pm, two unidentified men barged in Manrique’s residence in Mendoza subdivision and shot the miner several times while he was having dinner. The gunmen immediately fled the crime scene riding a motorcycle that headed towards Tagum City. Santos sustained three gunshot wounds causing his death.

    “The perpetrators couldn’t be any bolder by killing the victim in his very home. We condemn this grave human rights violation and we demand President Aquino to live his promise. When he won the presidency even before he first took office last year, Aquino promised to bring closure to human rights killings. Almost a year has passed yet killings of labor leaders and activists continue to rise with no one still being prosecuted,” Arago added.

    Manrique is the fifth labor leader murdered under Aquino. He is the forty-fourth victim of extrajudicial killings since Aquino took office in June 2010.#

    With reports from Nonoy Librado Development Foundation (NLDF) and


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