President of Colombia: Free Huber Ballesteros, Imprisoned Trade Union Leader
  • Petitioned Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia

This petition was delivered to:

Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia
Eduardo Montealegre, Attorney General

President of Colombia: Free Huber Ballesteros, Imprisoned Trade Union Leader

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      Justice for Colombia

Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist. According to United Nations figures close to 3,000 trade unionists have been killed since 1986. Human rights defenders are also regularly attacked. 37 human rights defenders were killed in the first six months of 2013. State authorities are directly involved in many of these killings.

In addition to physical attacks trade unionists and human rights defenders are regularly imprisoned. On Sunday 25 August 2013, the trade union leader Huber Ballesteros was arrested and sent to prison. Huber is a one of the leaders of the Colombian trade union movement. For many years he has actively defended the rights of Colombia's peasant farmers and promoted increased equality in Colombia. At the time of his arrest he was involved in organising strikes and protest action across the country. His arrest is a clear and unashamed attempt by Colombian authorities to punish him for his activism in defence of workers, peasant farmers and for social justice. His release must be secured to send a clear message to the Colombian authorities that using courts and prison cells to punish political opponents will not be accepted.

Since November 2012 a peace process has been taking place to bring an end to the 50-year civil war. For the success of the peace process it is essential that Colombia demonstrates it is a mature and functioning democracy which respects social activists, trade unionists and human rights defenders. The immediate release of Huber Ballesteros would be a step in the right direction.

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    • priscilla robinson DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
      • 3 months ago

      Because I am concerned about the basis of his arrest.

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    • Jose Ospina SKIBBEREEN, CO. CORK, IRELAND
      • 3 months ago

      Senor Presidente

      Me apego a esta declaracion por la conviccion de que Colombia necesita un movimiento sindical libre, como base primaria de nuestra democracia. Por favor defienda los derechos que nuestros antepasados lucharon pro lograr, asegurando que se respeste la justicia y la libertad. Respetuosamente, Jose Luis Ospina

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    • ALAIN POELVOORDE LIEGE - BELGIUM, BELGIUM
      • 4 months ago

      FREEDOM - RESPECT - HUMAN RIGHTS

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    • Tom Harrison LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      I am a trade unionist and I saw this oppression for real when I visited Colombia in 2005

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    • Mieke Dupré WEZEMAAL, BELGIUM
      • 4 months ago

      People should be allowed to work for better living and working conditions for their neighbours and brothers and sisters at work!

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