Colombia

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Rob Flello Rob Flello Labour, Stoke-on-Trent South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on recent death threats to former Colombian Senator, Piedad Cordoba.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We are aware of death threats to former Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba made on 12 January. Mrs Córdoba and other members of congress have since met President Santos, to request an investigation. As a result the Attorney General announced the creation of inter-agency groups in charge of investigating the threats.

Our Ambassador in Bogota met the President’s Minister-Counsellor for post conflict and human rights, Oscar Naranjo, on 15 January where they discussed the case of Piedad Córdoba and the importance of security for human rights defenders in general. Our Ambassador received assurances that the necessary security measures were already in place in order to mitigate any risk to former Senator Cordoba.

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