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Protest Colombian Trade Union Assassination - Impunity Must End!

Posted to the IUF website 12-Sep-2005

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The serial murder of Colombian trade unionists continues with no letup. Luciano Enrique Romero Molina, a former Nestlé employee and leader of the foodworkers' union SINALTRAINAL, has become the latest victim of Colombia's deadly anti-union violence and the judicial and political impunity which nourish it. He was murdered sometime between the evening of September 10 and the morning of September 11, when his dead body was discovered in the city of Valledupar bearing multiple knife wounds and signs of torture. The fact that Molina was living under the protective measures program of the Human Rights Commission of the Organization of American States shows that the Uribe government continues to fail to implement the most basic measures needed to stop the war against Colombian union members and officers.

The IUF has protested this latest assassination to the Colombian government, demanding a full and open investigation of Molina's murder, prosecution of the perpetrators and an end to the reigning impunity. We urge you to send similar protests. To send a message to Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, Vice President Francisco Santos, the Director of the Presidential Program on Human Rights and International Human Rights Law and to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, with copies to SINALTRAINAL and to the IUF click here.