A group of seven MPs from the Kingdom of Spain (mostly Catalans, one Spaniard and one Basque too) traveled to Colombia recently to assess the situation there, invited by the Platform for Peace and Human Rights in Colombia in the context of the negotiations on a free trade treaty between the South American nation and the European Community.
One of the things that impressed me most was that even the Supreme Court itself admitted that the Executive Power does not allow the Judicial Power to work, there is no independent Justice, declared Francesc Canet.
60% of labor unionists murdered worldwide are Colombians. If a worker joins a union or tries to create a workers' committee, he is fired right away, declared senator Josep Nuet. Human Rights activists are similarly attacked: they are stigmatized and accused of belonging to armed groups.
14,700 people are accounted to have been murdered extra-judicially in Colombia. At least 2100 of them were killed arbitrarily only to pretend victories against the guerrilla and hence produce medals and honors for the commanders involved, these innocent victims of the army are called false positives.
Inés Sabanés tells of their painful experience with this issue: we were meeting with mothers of the false positives and that same day newspapers reported the liberation of several of the commanders who had commited such crimes. Worst of all was that the government organized a party to celebrate it, with spa, clowns and music. A shame.
Source: Tercera Información.