PAKIKIISA: Human Rights Violations Against the Labor Movement in the Philippines and Colombia

PAKIKIISA: Human Rights Violations Against the Labor Movement in the Philippines and Colombia
Tuesday, February 3rd
Bayanihan Filipino Community Center
40-21 69th Street in Queens
Contact: Cris Hilo @ OR Call (718) 565-8862

We welcome you to a local community forum concerning the human rights situation in Colombia and the Philippines, where trade unionists, students, activists, human rights advocates and citizens have been assassinated by armed groups and complicit militaries. In Colombia, the Coca-Cola Company has employed paramilitary forces to repress workers’ rights leading to hundreds of death threats and kidnappings, including the murder of eight leaders of the union SINALTRAINAL. In the Philippines, the extrajudicial killings and abductions have also affected the trade union movement, where Ka Fort-labor leader of Nestle workers was assassinated in 2005. The Philippine military has also been closely connected to the almost 1000 extrajudicial killings and over 200 enforced disappearances. Justice is still not served for these victims.  Join us in educating and empowering our community.

Speakers: Luis Adolfo Cardona and Camilo Romero

– Cardona is a former Coca-Cola worker and union activist who was kidnapped by paramilitaries and escaped murder outside his bottling plant in Carepa, Colombia after witnessing the assassination of fellow SINALTRAINAL union leader Isidro Gil.

– Romero is a member of SINALTRAINAL and organizer of the global campaign against the Coca-Cola Company for its violence in Colombia.

Brief Video Presentation and Refreshments

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Sponsored by: SINALTRAINAL, BAYAN USA, Anakbayan NY/NJ, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), and
New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP)


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