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Background Information: Violence in Colombia
Colombia consistenly leads the world in number of trade unionists murdered; in many years, more trade unionists are murdered in Colombia than the rest of the world combined. From 2005 to 2010, 265 trade unionists were murdered in Colombia; 504 were murdered in the rest of the world combined. Since 1986, more than 2,800 Colombian trade unionists have been assassinated with a near total rate of impunity (over 95%). The number of trade unionists murdered in Colombia dropped from 51 in 2010 to 29 in 2011, but Colombia still led the world in number of trade unionists murdered.
This controversial bilateral trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia was stalled in the U.S. Congress for five years due to primarily to ongoing human and labor rights abuses in Colombia before it was finally passed in October 2011 after the U.S. and Colombian governments signed a Labor Action Plan that USLEAP and others consider inadequate. The FTA was prematurely implemented in May 2012. A Congressional Monitoring Group has been formed to continue to press for concrete progress on addressing worker rights violations, including murder and impunity.
Colombia is the largest recipient of U.S. aid outside of the Middle East and Afghanistan, receiving over $6 billion since the inception of Plan Colombia in 2000. Unfortunately, over 60% of U.S. aid has funded the Colombian military. Find out more and contact Congress about this important issue.
- Murder and Impunity: Colombia and Guatemala
- Trade, Globalization, and the Race to the Bottom
- Flower Workers and Economic Justice
- Honduran Labor Resistance to the Coup
- Labor Rights in Mexico
- Banana Worker Justice Initiative
- Sweatshop Initiative
- Coffee Worker Justice Initiative
- Past Struggles
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