Peace in Colombia

26 August 2016

ASLEF is delighted at the news that after four years of negotiations, the Colombian government and the FARC announced yesterday evening that they had agreed a final peace agreement. This agreement aims to put an end to more than fifty years of armed conflict.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF and Chair of Justice for Colombia said ‘JFC was established in 2002 when 184 trade unionists were assassinated in that year alone. Since then ASLEF has been proud to support JFC in its work with Colombian civil society, building international support for the peace process. Over the last few years they have organised several cross party delegations from Belfast and Dublin, for partners with valuable experience in peace negotiations to meet with the negotiating team of President Santos and with the FARC negotiators, and their hard work is finally paying off. We hope to see the Colombian peace agreement ratified in October and the law to amnesty guerrilla fighters approved,so that the Colombian people can move forward - and the trade union movement can pursue its campaign for human rights and social justice without fear of violence and persecution.’

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