Colombia

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Amnesty International on human rights in Colombia.

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

Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials in London held a roundtable meeting on 28 October 2014 with Amnesty International, ABColombia, Peace Brigades International, CORE Coalition as well as two Colombian community Leaders, Ms Yomaira Mendoza and Mr Enrique Cabezas, to discuss human rights in Colombia, including the threats against human rights defenders and land claimants.

Subsequently, on 28 November, an official attended Amnesty International's briefing on their report on the progress of the Land Restitution Law, entitled 'A Land Title is not Enough: Ensuring Sustainable Land Restitution in Colombia'. Our Embassy in Bogota has subsequently held several conversations with Amnesty International regarding the Afro-descendant community of La Toma, Cauca, which is affected by mining. Our officials will meet Amnesty International in London again this month.

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