Welsh Assembly Motion on Colombia
Justice For Colombia News |
on: Friday, 27 February 2009
A new Statement of Opinion tabled today in the National Assembly for Wales has highlighted the plight of Colombia's "numerous" political prisoners who are described as being "held for long periods in appalling conditions without any trial or conviction" in Colombia. The statement also welcomes the forthcoming launch of Justice for Colombia Wales and "calls on the UK Government to increase pressure on the Colombian regime regarding its human rights record."
Justice for Colombia is urging all supporters in Wales to contact their Assembly Members urging them to sign the Statement of Opinion which was tabled by Labour Assembly Members Jeff Cuthbert and Ann Jones. Already other Members have pledged their support both from Labour and Plaid Cymru.
The full text of the motion is below and you can see which Assembly Members have signed so far by clicking here.
Full Text of Written Declaration
This Assembly notes that the Colombian regime continues to violate human rights and hold numerous political prisoners for long periods in appalling conditions without any trial or conviction. The prisoners include members of the political opposition, trade unionists, human rights defenders and student leaders.
We express our support for the initiative by Welsh trade unions to establish a Justice for Colombia Wales campaign to campaign for the freedom of those unjustly detained and for human rights more generally in Colombia.
We call on the UK Government to increase pressure on the Columbian regime regarding its human rights record.