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EU should not be endorsing trade with Colombia without justice" Martina Anderson MEP

11 December, 2012 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Martina Anderson MEP (Sinn Féin) has protested the passing of a European Parliament vote ratifying EU- Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Martina Anderson said:

"I am disgusted that, despite the fact of constant assassinations and disappearances of among others, trade unionists and human rights activists and a complete lack of accountability on the part of the Colombian government, the powers that be in the European Union still saw fit to push this agreement through"

"The Colombian government has shown their complete disregard for human rights, and for the rights of trade unions. Allegations of state involvement in disappearances and violence are continuing without investigation and those perpetrating these horrific crimes continue to act with complete impunity.

"The expected progress in this area is negligible and I for one remain unconvinced of the will of the Colombian government to address these issues and make the necessary improvements on human and labour rights.

"Ratifying this agreement shows the European Parliament's complete disregard for the supposed fundamental human rights position adopted within the European Union."

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