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Petitioning The Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann Mr. Seán Barrett T.D. and 25 others

"Take a stand for human rights: do not ratify the EU Free Trade Agreement with Colombia"

On January 28th, 2015, Irish politicians will be asked to ratify a European Union Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru, a necessary step by European national parliaments before it can become legally enforceable.

This is a particularly problematic time to discuss a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia. Crucial peace talks are underway and the grave human rights and humanitarian crisis has not been dealt with. You can make a difference. Add your voice to the call on the Irish government not to ratify this trade agreement. Colombia has experienced more than six decades of violence linked mostly to a deep unresolved agrarian conflict. At the heart of this conflict is land and how power is abused in Colombia. In the process, over six million people have been displaced and small farmers have been violently dispossessed from nearly seven million hectares of their own land.  Agribusiness, multinationals, landlords and narco-traffickers have been behind this massive land-grab.

The current peace talks between the government and FARC rebels are addressing this agrarian question, and there is a growing consensus around the need to strengthen the small-farmers' economy. Colombians want trade but trade that works for them and doesn’t undermine local economies.

 

This European Free Trade Agreement would go directly against the interests of small-farmers, would undermine the peace talks and thus re-ignite conflict, having a potentially disastrous impact on the difficult efforts to secure a lasting peace settlement. Please tell TDs and Senators that human rights and sustainable development need to be at the heart of our foreign policy, by not ratifying this Agreement. 

Christian Aid Ireland

Grupo Raíces (Grúpa Fréamhacha)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Justice for Colombia Ireland

LASC

Trócaire 

Letter to
The Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann Mr. Seán Barrett T.D.
TD Mr Pat Breen
TD Ms Maureen O'Sullivan
and 23 others
TD Mr Dominic Hannigan
TD Mr Andrew Doyle
TD Mr Damien English
TD Mr Seamus Healy
TD Mr Enda Kenny
TD Mr Micheál Martin
TD Mr Finian McGrath
TD Mr Paul Murphy
TD Mr Éamon Ó Cuív
TD Mr Anthony Lawlor
TD Mr Peadar Tóibín
The Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Eireann Mr. Michael P. Kitt T.D.
TD Mr Gerry Adams
TD Mr Richard Boyd Barret
TD Ms Joan Burton
TD Ms. Ruth Coppinger
TD Mr Joe Costello
TD Ms Lucinda Creighton
TD Mr Sean Crowe
TD Ms Clare Daly
TD Mr Mick Wallace
TD Ms Marcella Corcoran Kennedy
TD Dr Leo Varadkar
"Take a stand for human rights: do not ratify the EU Free Trade Agreement with Colombia"