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| 5/14/2009 12:00:00 AM

Colombia Commits "Crimes Against Humanity" As Free Trade Pacts Are Debated

May 14 -- Despite the claims of the Colombian government and those in the U.S., Canada and the EU eager to consummate "free trade" pacts with that regime, the human rights situation in that country is deteriorating fast.

Indeed, by key measures -- the killing of unionists, extra-judicial killings by the military, and the forced displacement of civilians -- Colombia's human rights situation is amongst the worst in the world and getting worse. In the case of union killings, it remains the very worst.
 
Union Killings and The Hand of the State

So far this year, 17 unionists have been killed in Colombia -- allowing Colombia to maintain its long-running title as "most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists," and putting Colombia on a pace to exceed the figure of union leaders killed last year (49) and the year before (39) - figures which motivated Barack Obama to oppose the Colombia FTA in the first place.
 
Read more here.
 
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