A state of impunity for murderers of trade unionists continues unabated in Colombia, in spite of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's recent claims of improvement. Mr. Uribe is visiting the US this week, advocating for approval of a pending free trade agreement with the US.
According to new analysis from USLEAP based on information provided by the Colombian government, convictions took place in only three trade union murder cases in the first half of 2007. Of the 236 murders of trade unionists that occurred between 2004 and 2006, the government has achieved convictions in only five cases. Nearly 400 trade unionists have been murder since Uribe's inauguration in August of 2002.
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