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25 Apr 2013 | News

Colombian Senators, Labor Unions, and Civil Society to Participate in Senate hearing on Labor Rights in Colombia

Media Advisory

Washington, D.C.—As new labor rights violations mount in Colombia, Colombian senators, labor unions, civil society, and government officials with gather in Cartagena, Colombia, for a public Senate hearing on the country’s dire labor situation. The hearing comes two years after the signing of the U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan (LAP), which sought to curb rampant labor rights violations in advance of a bilateral Free Trade Agreement. To date, however, labor rights violations and anti-union violence have continued unabated as the LAP lacks implementation. Furthermore, the Colombian government has yet to satisfactorily investigate death threats against and assassinations of labor leaders, despite promises to the contrary, and subcontracting continues without the intervention of the Ministry of Labor.

Before the hearing begins, at 8:00 a.m. local time (9:00 a.m. EST), Senator Alexander López Maya and WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli will host a press conference on the deterioration of labor rights in Colombia.

The press conference will be available via live stream at www.wola.org.

What:       Press conference on labor rights violations in Colombia
When:      Friday, April 26, at 8:00 a.m. local time, 9:00 a.m. EST
Where:    Aula máxima de la Facultad de Derecho, Claustro de San Agustín, Cartagena de  Indias, Colombia and via livestream at www.wola.org.

For more information on recent anti-union violence, labor rights violations, and the continuation of subcontracting in Colombia, read WOLA's latest analysis piece.

In Washington, D.C.:
Adam Schaffer
Program Assistant, WOLA
Office: (202) 797-2171

In Colombia:
Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli
Cell: +1 (202) 489-1702