Petition for the Release of Omar Combita, teacher trade unionist, detained in ColombiaSign Petition by UK and Irish Teachers for the Release of Omar Combita, Colombian teacher trade unionist

Omar Combita, Colombian teacher and trade unionist was arrested on 2nd October 2011 and is currently detained in La Modelo Prison, Bogotá accused of “rebellion”. He is an active member of FECODE, the Colombian teachers’ trade union, held on dubious evidence, it appears he is being detained as a result of his trade union activity.

Teachers in the UK and Ireland are signing a petition for Omar’s release. PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME BELOW.

For more information on Omar’s case, click here.

Dear President Santos,

We, the undersigned, are writing to call for the release of our colleague Omar Alfonso Combita, Colombian teacher and trade unionist, accused of “rebellion” and imprisoned since 2nd October 2011, without being convicted of any crime.

Mr. Combita is a member of FECODE, the Colombian teacher’s union and an outspoken campaigner for trade union and human rights. The supposed evidence against him is highly dubious and he has been denied the right to due process. It appears he is being detained as a result of his trade union activity.

Mr. Combita is just one of hundreds of activists imprisoned in Colombia, among them trade unionists, human rights defenders and opposition leaders - his case is yet another example of severe and widespread persecution against the opposition. During the first two years of your administration, over 243 social activists were killed in Colombia, including 69 trade unionists, many of them by Colombian state forces.

We believe that those who speak out against the abuses, like Mr. Combita, are jailed in order to silence them.

The continued practice under your government of detaining critics belies claims to be committed to human rights. We urge you to turn your rhetoric into action, starting by ensuring the release of Mr. Combita, and others like him, without delay.

Yours sincerely,

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Barnypok, Barnypok

Norman Watt, Educational Institute of Scotland
Barnypok, Barnypok

Joan Peralta, Escuelas Pías
JimmiXS, JimmiXS

Teresa Wright, Waiblingen Way
David Eatock, Unite NW389

Deirdre O'Reilly, retired teacher
Michael Salt, Unite the Union

Mark, Mark
Joe McGurk, Dumfries & Galloway Council

varlog, varlog
Neil Spencer, East Midlands Ambulance Service Unison Branc

Liesbeth, Individual
Maureen Hackett, St Bernard's High School

Marie Hagensen, Institute of School & Learning
luidji, luidji

daniel rené villermet, diverses

john boreham, unison- trade union member
horny, horny

john, john
Eva Daniher, Civil & Public Service Union

Michael Wilmott, acton high school
Myriam Torres, New Mexico State University

Andrew O'Halloran, Annan Academy
horny, horny

Richard Hawkins, retired
Denis Hawkins, retired

Mike, Mike
Robert Morgan, Unite the Union

Hugh Gash, St Patrick's College, Dublin City University
Hannah Pettifer, The Sixth Form College Farnborough

John Temple, Retired teacher
Melody Baxter, The Sixth Form College Farnborough

tony netherclift, st paul's catholic school
Michelle Codrington-Rogers, The Cherwell School

Carly Doyle, National Union of Teachers
G Oldfield, St. Peter's Catholic School

D. Mulvey, Broadoak
Claire Ward, Blackburn with Barwen

Ken Newitt, Retired
Anne Robinson, Hathershaw College

Sharon Winstone, St. Gabriels RC Primary School
Kate Morgan, Cardinal Newman High School

Alex Ley, St Edmund, Arrowsmith cfl
Rose Ley, St Edmund, Arrowsmith cfl

Carl Wilkinson, Lone
Andy Collins, St Bedes High School

Mike Meateer, Childwalk Acadium
G.Shackley, NASUWT

W.James, Manor High School
Don Grant, St.James' Church Of England School

T.Westcott, Jubilee
C.Palmer, Dulder Hill Community School

Jon Schofield, Whitefield Primary School, L62HZ
Matthew Russell, Cardinal Nolman Catholic High

Mike Wilkinson, St.Judes Catholic Primary School
Matthew Russell, Cardinal Nolman Catholic High

Alan Holloway, RE7
Catherine Myerscough, Hathershaw College

Steven Johnson, Witton Park High School
Charlotte Metters, NASUWT

Phillip Davis, NASUWT
David White, NASUWT

Rachael Jeffers, NASUWT
Eathin, NASUWT

Karen Hopwood, NASUWT
Jean Mercer, NASUWT

Andrew Curtis, NASUWT

Chris Clissold, NASUWT
Harry Spooner, NASUWT

Sima Davies, NASUWT
Jeanette Brierley, NASUWT

Gail Shackley, NASUWT
Claire Ward, NASUWT

Diana Harkness, Retired teacher
Janey Hulme, National Union of Teachers

David Cornwall, Cumbria Fed NASUWT
Peter Ellis, Whitehaven NASUWT

Brian Pearson, Caldew School
Chris Hale, NASUWT

D. Martin, NASUWT

Paul Cox, NASUWT
J Heyood, Dondales School

F.B. McManus, NASUWT
Malcolm Kane, NASUWT

P. Revell, Lakes School
B. Little, St. Benedict's, Whitehaven

K. Caryee, Dallam School
K. Brocklebank, Millem School

John Heneghan, Newman Catholic School
Peter Sunter, Carlisle NASUWT

Joe Langley, Salford NASUWT
Angela Fairbes, Holy Cross Primary

Emilia Liskova, Barton Moss Primary School
Margaret Abbott, St. Georges RC High

Sharon Cooke, St. Ambrose High School
Emma Danton, Swinton High School

Rachel Hurley, Swinton High School
Julie Rawlinson-Smith, .

Jane Borthen, NUT
Paul Quinn, JCOSS

Chris Welch, Dinnington Comprehensive School
viktoria nealis, Tufnell Park School

Declan Bennington, Capita
Chris Jones, Tytherington High School

BERNARD CHARLES PRITCHARD, Marriotts & Lonsdale School
Carole Ferguson, retired teacher

Patrick McLaughlin, Abbey school

Jacki Harrington, Garstang Community Academy
Sam perry, Ethelbert road primary school

Claire Hanlon, Nonsuch High School
Valerie hosker, Allerton high

Frances Alexander, Gwyn Jones Primary School
davina lambie, nhs

Fiona Maloney, Weald Infant School
Maritza Agudelo, Primary School

Clare Viner, Lakers School
Pauline Volk, Halsnead Community Primary School

Wendy Kachmarski, Kirklees MC
Peter Rawlinson, retired teacher

Anne Ewbank, Retired
Ruth Stevenson, High Storrs School

Tony Foody, Keswick School
Katia Palmisano, City of Portsmouth Girls' School

Stella Chapman, NUT (retired)
Peter Dalby, Retired

Simon Robinson, Simon Robinson
lucy mackay, cononley

Layla Dowie, West Kirby Grammar School
Jamie Johnson, retired

Luke Samuels, Chaddesden Park Primary
Carol Schofield, Oldham Sixth Form College

Mary O'Hanlon, St. Nicholas School
James Barber, The Sir Bernard Lovell School

Hilary Jenkins-Baldock, Chatham Grammar School for Girls
Robert Barratt, Plymouth NUT

Paul Lambert, Globe academy
Jill Rawlinson, teacher

Margaret Dench, retired
Jayne Hardy, Tenterfields Primary School

Neil Procter, Sir Frederic Osborn School
Jayne Hibbert, Retired

Gemma moffatt, Bath spa university
Anne-Marie Hickling, Benthal School

Ellie Yucel, NUT
Clive Beere, Supply

Harriet Ntorinkansah, Langbourne primary school
Lisa Munro, Fernhill School

Heather McKenzie, NUT
Thomas Greenwood, NASUWT

samidha garg, NUT
Martin Lynch, Dudley National Union Teachers

Fareham and Gosport N.U.T., Fareham and Gosport National Union of Teachers
John Walder, Kent Division NUT

Andy Woolley, NUT
Peter Smith [Secretary], Newham Teachers'Association NUT

Nadine Mincoff, Sacred Heart Catholic School
Dawn Taylor, Cheadle Hulme High School

Gary Kaye, King James's School
Susi Artis, Fernwood Infants

Ken Smith, ATL
Alex Heylin, ATL

L Salisbury, ATL
Eddie Fleming, G.M.B.

Doreen Stenner, ATL
Jacqueline, ATL

Nansi Ellis, ATL
Helen DuMont, Rugby High School

Nichola Munro, Edge Hill University
Bernadette Babayigit, ATL

Mary Bousted, ATL
Christine Blower, NUT

Patrick Roach, NASUWT
Lorraine Tillett, NUT (retired)

M. Brady, East London NUT
Jo Hammond, Lambeth NUT

Una Doyle, Camden NUT
R. Rieser, Hackney NUT

Sarah Beer, NUT
Beth Link, NUT

Lizzie Feneck, NUT
Sheila McGregor, NUT

Anna, NUT
G. Akpeneye, Education Consultant

A. Valeriano, NUT
Melissa Hind, NUT

D Thompson, NUT
Ruth Levy, NUT

Max Hyde, NUT
Rupee Singh, NUT

Jane Bassett, Hackney NUT
Patricia Alexander, Former Teacher

Abdullah Muhsin, NASUWT
Jeni Hunneyball, UNISON

David, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare
Niamh Crowley, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare

Rachel Hickey, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare
Sinead Connolly, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare

Richard O'Sullivan, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare
Alex, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare

Christina Moriarty, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare
Neilie O Sullivan, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare

Evan Reidy, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare
Ann Piggott, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine

mickdowling, SIPTU
Fiona Dunne, ICTU

P Lorriman, Grange technology college
Holly Smith, Institute of Education

Beatrice Smyth, Queen's University Belfast

Suzanne Veitch, Forest School
Doug Morgan, Birmingham NUT

Stephen Dart, Peterborough LA
Rosie Budd, Ash Field Academy

Denise Taylor, NASUWT
Dr Matthew Gobey, Manchester metropolitan University

Josephine Moss, NUT
Peter Warren, Retired

Elaine Ellen, Open University
Keith Bradbury, Retired Teacher

Mandy Schofield, University of Chester
Miss Annabelle Curran, St. Gregory's Catholic Primary

Jennifer Bhambri-Lyte, Herons' Moor Academy
Colin Crane, Retired teacher

Tom Duffy, NUT Woodfield School, Coventry
Pietro Di Petta, Elthorne Park High School

Kevin Hannavy, Christ's Hospital
sonja watsham, retired

Penny Foskett, Retired
Seema McArdle, Sussex Teachers

Claire Copperman, The Blue School
Patrick Montague, Lancaster University

Alina Congreve, University of Hertfordshire
John Brooke, University of Manchester

Richard Carabine, Birkbeck College
Angie Birtill, South Thames College

Rachel Doyle, Manchester University
Kirsten Daly, University Gloucestershire

Lysandra Marshall, University of the West of England
sareen galbraith, university of liverpool

Claire Allam, University of Sheffield
Martin Purcell, University of Manchester

Dr Gursewak Aulakh, Architecture Design and Environment, Plymouth University
Ben Fulford, University of Chester

Paul Perigoe, Westminster Kingsway College
Rebecca Jones, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Nikolas Barrall, Writtle College
Dr Paul Sinfield, University of Leicester

Pete Girling, Univerrsity of Cambridge
Annie Shaw, UWE, Bristol, UK

Sarah Lees, Coleg Sir gar
Sue Chubb, UCU

Jenny McNulty, Retired Lecturer in Art and Design WEAS
Jo Guiver, University of Central Lancashire

Dr Philip O'Keeffe, School of Education
Michael Marten, University of Stirling

Nadine Johnson, University of Southampton
carol buckle, retired member

Jason Blean, Glasgow University
emeritus Professor Russ Bowman, Loughborough University

Martin Coslett, BCA
Richard Le Corney, Central College Nottingham

Dr Gyozo Molnar, Worcester University
Hilary Thomas, Lancaster University

Barry Ewart, UCU Leeds University
Mark Hanna, Uni of Derby

Dr Mark Bould, UWE
William Orr, South and City College Birmingham

Zahid Sharif, Manchester Metropolitan University
Maria Hughes, Queens University Belfast

Penny Robinson, University of Leeds
Julie Gillam, Open University

David Margolie, Goldsmiths College
Andrew Drummond, Lancaster University

Bridget Fowler, University of Glasgow
Dr Claudia Wulff, University of Surrey

Liam Kennedy, Queen's University Belfast
Anthony Mc Donald, City College Coventry

Harry Noyes, University of Liverpool
Dr Douglas Reid, University of Hull

Caroline Shelton, Workers Education Association
James Coakes, University of Westminster

Anne Brown, Northern College
Dirk Brandherm, Queen's University Belfast

catherine holden, bradford college
Christopher West, University of Liverpool

Bella adams, LJMU
Bente Foereid, University of abertay Dundee

Rachel Stubley, University of Wales, Newport
Benedetta Dini, UKMO

Federica Pacifico, University of Exeter
Mark Shotter, Confetti Institute

richard pfeiffer, Barnet college
Paul Davenport, University of Wolverhampton

Matthew Evans, University of York
Joe Barton, School of English, Newcastle University

Alison Leslie, University of Leeds
Dr Richard Chamberlain, University of Northampton

Marion Hersh, University of Glasgow
Helen Peters, retired member

Martin Gough, University of Kent
Carol Kinahan, South Thames College

Mark Leader, Sheffield Hallam University
Stephen O'Sullivan, Loughborough University

Chris Simpson, University of St Mark and St John
Marc Gibson, Loughborugh University

Richard Young, Newcastle University
Dominique Paul, University of Bristol

Jeff Waistell, Open University
Deniz Baker, Glyndwr University

Andrew Dunn, University of Leicester
Louise, UCL Interaction Centre

John O'Brien, The Institute (Hampstead Garden Suburb)
Mary Senior, University and College Union

Elizabeth Perry, Bolton College
marion connell, Colchester Institute

Neil Kirkham, The Library, Gonville and Caius College (Cambridge)
Stephen Robson, Leeds Metropolitan University

Nita Sanghera, Bournville College
Paul Doran, Philosophy In Public

Kevin Donovan, UCU
Simon Tree, TUC

Helen Johns, University of Swansea
Tanja van Mourik, University of St Andrews

Susan Bell, University of Glasgow
gaynor kinsley, tameside college

Katherine Dunn, University of Edinburgh
Michael Blaney, University College Cork, Ireland

Alistair Cairns, Clark University
Dr D A C McNeil, Retired lecturer, Leicester College

Ben Rowlands, University of Bristol
Marion Sporing, University of Dundee

Patrick Benjamin, Freelance Media Dude
Ged Travers, Unite

David Cromwell, Media Lens
Dr Charalampos Tsoumpas, King's College London

Mehdi Husaini, Teesside University
Ray Power, Aston University

Sarah Christian, Morley College
Noel Connor, Retired member

Patricia Mason, Community Learning
Brian Thirtle, Retired

Jane Heath, Leeds Metropolitan University
Peter Williams, Leeds Metropolitan University

Sarah Campbell, Newcastle University
Malcolm Farrow, Newcastle University

Helen Backhouse, Harrow College
Michael Tynen, Retired member

John Perry, Cornwall College
Geoffrey Smith, Manchester College

Professor Paul Ward, University of Huddersfield
Samuel Michael Illingworth, University of Manchester

Nikos Karfakis, University of Leicester
Christopher J. Knüsel, University of Exeter

Andy Young, Sheffield Hallam University
Dr. Susan Blackwell, Language Consultancy Desk

Dr Mathias Urban, University of East London
Julian Goodare, University of Edinburgh

Ian Crosson, Tower Hamlets College
Liz Elmhirst, Putney School of Art and design.

Luke Walker, University of Sussex
John Faulkner, SOAS, University of London

Gabriela Saldanha, University of Birmingham
Dr Graeme Kirkpatrick, University of Manchester

Valerie Brossier, University of Hertfordshire
Dale Woolley, South and City College Birmingham

billie Loebner, Tower Hamlets College
Colwyn Jones, University of the West of England

Alistair Clark, University of the West of England
Steven Thompson, Harehills Primary School

Peter McLoughlin, NASUWT
Geoffrey Hardman, Hanham High School

Marion James, Supply
Eva Margaret Daniher, CPSU - Civil & Public Service Union

David Murray, CPSU Global Solidarity Committee
Mairead Cairbre, Dunbrody Textile Academy

lathy wallis, cornwall council
Graham Cluer, Westwood Girls College

Mick Burrows, Supply teacher
John Girdley, Morecambe High

Joseph York, University of the West of England