(Washington, DC) Colombia remains the deadliest nation on earth for trade unionists, according to a new report by the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center.
“The report reveals a reality for Colombian workers that is riddled with threats, violence, illegal detentions, impunity, legal limitations, abuses of hiring laws, illegal dismissals and a system of governmental authorities that fails to protect workers from further violations or to remedy the existing ones,” said Linda Chavez-Thompson, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO.
The report estimates that 4,000 trade unionists have been murdered in Colombia since the mid-1980s, with more than 2,000 victims since 1991.
According to Escuela Nacional Sindical (ENS), 70 trade unionists were killed in 2005, while another 260 received death threats. In addition, 56 Colombian union leaders were detained without cause, seven survived attacks in which explosives or firearms were used, six were kidnapped, and three disappeared.