Colombia: Homicide

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of journalists killed in Colombia in 2010.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Official figures from the Colombian Government show that between January and October 2010 one journalist was killed in Colombia. These figures arc supported by the Colombian Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP). Our embassy in Bogota has received reports of the killing of two further journalists, although these reportedly had no connection with the victims' work.

We are concerned about the safety of human rights defenders in Colombia, including journalists. We regularly raise our concerns with the Colombian Government, including at a recent meeting between our ambassador and the head of the Vice President's Unit for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

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