UCATT is proud to be affiliated to the Justice for Colombia (JFC) campaign. Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist. Every year numerous union leaders, union activists and union members are assassinated, simply because of their trade union activities. Over 2,500 unionists have been murdered in the past 20 years, more than in the rest of the world combined.
Most of the killings are carried out by rightwing paramilitary death squads that have documented links to the Colombian security forces. However, many are murdered by members of the Colombian Army and a few years ago information came to light showing how the Colombian secret police were drawing up 'death lists' of trade union members to be shot.
Established in 2002 by the British trade union movement, JFC was created in response to this appalling situation. JFC runs various campaigns including one to promote a free press in Colombia. They also run a project to assist trade unionists and others that have been victims of human rights abuses; a project working with displaced agricultural workers to protect their human rights; and a project to help trade unions improve their recruitment and organising activities. Full details of their work can be found on the Justice for Colombia website.
Guide: Blacklisting and public procurement
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