Brady travels to Colombia as part of International Peace Monitor Delegation
Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh, Mickey Brady, will travel today to Colombia as part of a 'Justice for Colombia' international peace monitor delegation, which will last until 10th April.
Other members of the delegation include British National Union of Teachers (NUT) representative, Christine Blower; International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) representative, Sharan Burrow; Head of the Local Government and Municipals Divison of Fórsa, Peter Nolan; Political, Education and Community coordinator for Unite, Brendan Ogle; National Executive Committee Representative of Unite, Kate Osborne; Head of Global Media at International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Gemma Stewart; British House of Lords member David Watts (British Labour), and Rosie Winterton MP (British Labour).
Whilst in Colombia the delegation will meet with political leaders in the Colombian government, the FARC, trade union representatives, community organisations, rural justice activists, representatives of the UN, and British and EU embassy officials. They will also meet with the Cuban and Norwegian Embassies as the guarantor countries of the Colombian peace process.
The purpose of the delegation is to monitor the peace process implementation, with a focus on human right abuses, including the continuing murder of community activists.
Speaking on the day of travel to Colombia, Mickey Brady MP said:
'Sinn Féin has actively assisted the development of the Colombian peace process, having travelled to Colombia and Cuba and meeting a number of Colombian delegations in Ireland and Britain, over many years and sharing our experiences of the Irish peace process.
'It is important the international community continues its support for the Colombian peace process. The Colombian government needs to fully deliver on its peace agreement commitments urgently resolving its outstanding obligations.
'The upholding of human rights and the strengthening of the democratic process are essential to ensuring justice, peace and equality for all Colombian people.
'I intend to take this opportunity to listen to all views expressed and ensure the international community, in particular the UN, are informed of the continuing serious issues facing the people of Colombia'.