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Petitioning CEO, Canning House Robert Capurro and 1 other

Alvaro Uribe is not welcome in the UK! Alvaro Uribe no es bienvenido en el Reino Unido!

Canning House and the Institute of Latin American Studies have invited ex-Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to give a talk at Senate House on 31st October 2013. The decision to invite Uribe to talk by such prestigious institutions is troubling since it offers him undeserved moral legitimacy at a time when his eventual incarceration for serious crimes against the Colombian people looks increasingly likely. I believe that Uribe’s responsibility for crimes against humanity means that he is deserving of moral censure, and thus urge you to rescind his invitation:

Alvaro Uribe is currently under investigation in Colombia for sponsoring paramilitary death squads. 

 According to the internationally renowned Colombian human rights defender Father Javier Giraldo, Alvaro Uribe ‘orchestrated the coordination between the Army and the paramilitary groups that resulted in 14,000 extrajudicial executions during his term of office.'

These extrajudicial executions include around 3000 ‘false positives’, cases in which civilians (mainly rural peasants) were murdered by the Colombian army then dressed in military fatigues and presented as guerrillas fallen in combat

During Uribe’s time in office, state security services coordinated the systematic political persecution, harassment assassination of anyone deemed to be an opponent of the government: Supreme Court judges, opposition politicians, trade unionists, human rights defenders, community leaders, students, academics, indigenous and Afro-descendent leaders. 

The Uribe administration also included the ‘parapolitica’ scandal in which over one third of Colombia’s members of congress elected in 2006 ended up behind bars for their links to paramilitary groups. All belonged to Uribe’s government coalition.

The sponsorship of this event by an institute of higher education is particularly inappropriate. In the mid-1990s, whilst Uribe was governor of Antioquia, 99 educators were assassinated.  Educators continued to be a major target for assassination throughout his presidency.  

 

If you agree that Uribe's invitation to speak in the UK should be cancelled, please take a minute to sign this petition and encourage your friends to do the same.

 

 

 

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Canning House y el Institute of Latin American Studies han invitado a Alvaro Uribe a dictar una conferencia en Senate House, Londres, el 31 de octubre 2013. La decisión de invitar a Uribe a exponer por instituciones tan prestigiosas es preocupante porque valida y legitima  moralmente a Uribe a pesar de los serios cuestionamientos que hemos mencionado y en  momentos en que su eventual encarcelamiento por los graves delitos cometidos contra el pueblo colombiano, parece cada vez más cercano. Creo que la responsabilidad de Uribe por crímenes de lesa humanidad, significa que es merecedor de censura moral:

  • Alvaro Uribe está siendo investigado en Colombia por presuntamente patrocinar escuadrones de la muerte paramilitares.
  • De acuerdo con el internacionalmente reconocido defensor de derechos humanos colombiano, Padre Javier Giraldo, el ex presidente Uribe orquestó la coordinación entre el Ejército y los grupos paramilitares con la que se  produjeron 14.000 ejecuciones extrajudiciales durante su mandato.
  •  Estas ejecuciones extrajudiciales incluyeron al redor de 3000 ‘falsos positivos’, casos en que civiles (en su mayoría campesinos y algunos jóvenes con problemas de salud mental) fueron asesinados por el ejército colombiano y luego vestidos con uniformes militares y presentados como guerrilleros caídos en combate
  • Durante la presidencia de Uribe, los servicios de seguridad del Estado coordinaron la persecución política sistemática, el acoso y hasta asesinato de cualquier persona considerada como un oponente del gobierno: magistrados de la Corte Suprema, políticos de la oposición, sindicalistas, defensores de derechos humanos, líderes comunitarios, estudiantes,  académicos, indígenas y líderes afro descendientes.
  •  La administración de Uribe también incluyo el escándalo de la  ‘parapolítica’ en el que más de la tercera parte de los miembros del Congreso de Colombia, elegido en 2006, terminó tras las rejas por sus vínculos con grupos paramilitares. Todos ellos pertenecían a la coalición del gobierno de Uribe.
  • El patrocinio de este evento por una institución de educación superior es particularmente inapropiado. Durante el periodo en que Uribe fue gobernador de Antioquia, a mediados de la década de 1990, fueron asesinados 99 docentes. Los educadores siguieron siendo blanco para el asesinato a lo largo de su presidencia.

 Si usted este de acuerdo con  que se debería cancelar la invitación de Alvaro Uribe  a exponer en el Reino Unido, por favor firme la petición y envíala a sus amigos.

Letter to
CEO, Canning House Robert Capurro
Director, Institute of Latin American Studies Professor Linda Newson
Cancel your invitation to Alvaro Uribe - ex-President of Colombia - to speak to Senate House

The decision to invite Uribe to talk by such prestigious institutions is troubling since it offers him undeserved moral legitimacy at a time when his eventual incarceration for serious crimes against the Colombian people looks increasingly likely. I believe that Uribe’s responsibility for crimes against humanity means that he is deserving of moral censure, and thus urge you to rescind his invitation:
• Alvaro Uribe is currently under investigation in Colombia for sponsoring paramilitary death squads.
• According to the internationally renowned Colombian human rights defender Father Javier Giraldo, Alvaro Uribe ‘orchestrated the coordination between the Army and the paramilitary groups that resulted in 14,000 extrajudicial executions during his term of office.'
• These extrajudicial executions include around 3000 ‘false positives’, cases in which civilians (mainly rural peasants) were murdered by the Colombian army then dressed in military fatigues and presented as guerrillas fallen in combat
• During Uribe’s time in office, state security services coordinated the systematic political persecution, harassment assassination of anyone deemed to be an opponent of the government: Supreme Court judges, opposition politicians, trade unionists, human rights defenders, community leaders, students, academics, indigenous and Afro-descendent leaders.
• The Uribe administration also included the ‘parapolitica’ scandal in which over one third of Colombia’s members of congress elected in 2006 ended up behind bars for their links to paramilitary groups. All belonged to Uribe’s government coalition.
• The sponsorship of this event by an institute of higher education is particularly inappropriate. In the mid-1990s, whilst Uribe was governor of Antioquia, 99 educators were assassinated. Educators continued to be a major target for assassination throughout his presidency.

I again urge you to withdraw the invitation to Alvaro Uribe.