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SINTRAINAGRO Woman Leader Murdered

Posted to the IUF website 14-Feb-2007

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Another officer of the Colombian rural workers' union SINTRAINAGRO has been murdered, bringing to some 435 the number of members and officers who have been assassinated since the union was founded. Carmen Cecilia Santana Romaņa, 28 years old and a SINTRAINAGRO national officer, mother of three whose former husband was also a victim of the death squads, was shot to death in her home in Apartado, Antioqua on February 7. The murder followed an e-mail campaign of threats against the family members of trade union, civic and human rights activists in opposition to the government.

The assassination has been condemned by the IUF, by SINTRAINAGRO, and by the national center CUT, which saw 69 of its activists murdered last year.

Click here to send a message to the government authorities, demanding a complete investigation of the crime, effective protection for SINTRAINAGRO and other union members and officers at risk and an end to the climate of impunity in Colombia which underpins the ongoing violence.