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Colombia's Rights Abuses Cited

Tuesday, 01 May 2001 12:00 AM

Trade union members and activists are among the main targets of human rights violations - including killings, "disappearances", threats and intimidation - in the context of the spiralling armed conflict in Colombia. Army-backed paramilitary groups are responsible for most attacks against trade unionists, although guerrilla groups have also targeted activists they believe to be collaborating with the security or paramilitary forces.

"Inaction by the authorities in the face of this crisis has led to a dramatic escalation in violations against trade unionists," Amnesty International said Tuesday, noting that four times as many trade unionists were killed in the first three months of 2001 as in the same period last year.

"Measures adopted so far to guarantee the security of trade unionists through government protection programs are clearly insufficient and half-hearted," the organization added. "What the authorities have shown is a clear lack of political will to tackle the problem at the roots, dismantling paramilitary groups and bringing to justice all those responsible for attacks on trade unionists."

This failure to act is made even more disturbing by evidence, uncovered by judicial investigations, linking state agents to cases of human rights violations against trade unionists. One example of this was the attempted murder of trade union leader Wilson Borja Díaz in December 2000, in which several active and retired military and police officers were found to be implicated. Immediately after the attack, national paramilitary leader Carlos Castaño admitted responsibility for it.

"As the world celebrates the struggle and achievements of workers and trade unions, we renew our call on the Colombian authorities to show they take the protection of trade unionists' human rights seriously," Amnesty International said.

Measures that authorities should take immediately include providing adequate resources for protection programs; disbanding paramilitary groups and severing their ties with state agents; investigating fully and impartially all cases of human rights violations against trade unionists and bringing those responsible to justice.

The need to combat impunity and take "action against those who are the source of risks, especially the paramilitary groups" as a fundamental step to protect and guarantee the rights of all, and in particular those of human rights defenders and trade unionists, was also reiterated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in her report on Colombia recently presented at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.

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