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Stop the Canada-Columbia Free Trade Deal

June 2, 2009 – ACTRA’s National Council has voted to support the efforts of USW and the Canadian Labour Congress who oppose the implementation of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement in its current form.

ACTRA is joining numerous other unions and human rights organizations in urging the Canada’s government to adopt the recommendation of the all-party International Trade Committee which urges that an independent, impartial, and comprehensive human rights impact assessment should be undertaken before Canada considers signing, ratifying and implementing a free trade agreement with Colombia.

Columbia has one of the worst human rights records in the world:

More labour leaders are killed in Colombia every year than in the rest of the world combined Almost 400 trade unionists have been murdered over the past five years, There are 3.8 million internally displaced people, 57% of which are women. The UN calls this the worst humanitarian disaster in the Western Hemisphere and it is growing. Criminal networks control economic activities and political institutions in 23 of the 31 provinces.


ACTRA Toronto Past President and National Councillor Karl Pruner talks to Yessika Hoyos Morales a Columbian human rights whose father, a union activist, was assassinated.

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