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Gavan to take part in Trade Union mission to Columbia

24 May, 2019 - by Paul Gavan

Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan is traveling to Columbia this weekend as part of a trade union fact finding mission for Justice for Columbia. 

Senator Gavan said:  

“Justice for Columbia was set up by the British and Irish trade union movement to support Columbia civil society in its struggle for human rights, labour rights, peace, and social justice.

“Nearly three years after a peace deal was signed, there are real fears over the future of the peace process in Colombia, with an alarming number of social leaders, including many trade unionists, having been assassinated by right-wing paramilitaries. Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist. The Colombian Government must adhere to its commitments under the peace agreement.

“I will be joining a delegation of Irish and British trade unionists and politicians on a week long mission to meet with representatives of Government, Opposition, and Civil Society. We will hear directly from communities who are living constantly under threat from right-wing paramilitary groups. Sinn Féin has a longstanding commitment to the peace process and justice in Colombia, and I will do my best to shine a light on what is happening on the ground.” 

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