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Date updated : 14-Jan-2014

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Murders continue in Colombia - Demand the perpetrators be brought to justice!

Ever Luis Marín Rolong, a regional leader of the SINALTRACEBA brewery workers union was murdered on January 4 by unknown gunmen who fired six times at him, as he was waiting for a bus in the town of Soledad.

The next day the President of SINALTRACEBA, Gamboa Rafael Maldonado, received death threats from paramilitaries while the union was holding its General Assembly. The person on the phone, stated to the union President that they had already taken the life of Ever Luis and he would be next.

In October, the government of President Juan Manuel Santos admitted that since 1986 some 12,000 murders and threats against union members have been carried out within the framework of Colombia's decades-long armed conflict and identified them as one of the main groups of victims of the violence.

A report published in late 2013 reveals that abuse of labor rights continue in Colombia with the perpetrators going unpunished in 83 percent of reported cases.

Use the form below to send a message to the Colombian authorities. The Spanish message calls on the President and Labour Minister to swiftly bring the perpetrators and organizers of this crime to justice through a full and transparent investigation, and to provide all necessary security for other union members at risk.