Motion on hunger strike by prisoners tabled in parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 18 July 2017

An Early day Motion has been tabled in the British Parliament expressing concern about the delays in implementing the Amnesty Law in Colombia and the hunger strike initiated by prisoners in protest against this situation. The motion was tabled by a cross party group of MPs representing three different parties.

The motion was supported by Jo Stevens, Labour, Catherine West, Labour, Clive Efford, Labour, Jim Shannon, DUP, and Peter Bottomley, Conservative.

The full text of the motion is below:

EDM 192

17 July 2017

That this House welcomes the amnesty framework laid out in the Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP of August 2016; notes that all political prisoners should have been freed in January 2017; regrets that only 1081 of 3,400 FARC prisoners have so far been released from Colombian gaols; is concerned that more than 1,400 began a hunger strike on June 26th 2017 in protest about the lack of implementation of the amnesty law; is further concerned that many have sewn up their mouths in this hunger strike in what is a painful and dangerous personal gesture; calls on the UK Government to join the 455 human rights defenders and leading campaigners from all over the world, including Nobel Peace prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel in asking the Colombian government to fulfil its obligations under the Peace Agreement and release the remaining political prisoners.

To view the EDM on the Parliament website:

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