Successful Visit by Colombian Student Leader
Justice For Colombia News |
on: Thursday, 3 April 2008
A week long visit to Britain by a Colombian student union leader has helped raise awareness about the human rights crisis being faced by the Colombian student movement. During his visit Numa Paredes, a member of the Executive of the National Association of Colombian University Students, participated in the conference of the British National Union of Students (NUS) and met with and lobbied British Foreign Minister Kim Howells.
In his meeting with the Minister, Mr Paredes, expressed his concern that Britain was continuing to provide military assistance to Colombia and asked that the resources involved be diverted instead towards social development projects. He also asked that Britain play a more pro-active role in trying to promote peace in Colombia and explained how 11 student leaders had been assassinated in Colombia in the past two years – making it the most dangerous country on earth for student activists.
During his visit Mr Paredes also held meetings with senior NUS officials (including President Gemma Tumelty and President-elect Wes Streeting), leaders of the Labour Party's student wing, Labour Students, and senior trade union leaders such as Derek Simpson, the General Secretary of Unite.
Unite, one of the largest unions in Europe, co-hosted the visit with Justice for Colombia.