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Justice For Colombia

Justice for Colombia (JFC) is a British non governmental organisation that campaigns for human rights, workers rights and the search for peace with social justice in Colombia.

Established in 2002 by the British trade union movement JFC was created in response to the appalling human rights crisis in Colombia, and particularly the abuses committed againsr trade unionists and others.

JFC runs campaigns in the UK and Europe and has projects on the ground in Colombia including one to promote a free press, a project to assist trade unionists and others that have been victims of human rights abuses, a project working with displaced agricultural workers to protect theirhuman rights, and a project to help trade unions improve recruitment and organising activities.

The four founding aims of Justice for Colombia are:

* To provide concrete support to trade unions and other civil society organisations in Colombia in their struggle for human rights, trade union rights, democracy, peace and social justice and to promote links between progressive organisations in Britain and Colombia.

* To campaign against systematic human rights abuses carried out against trade unionists and other civil society activists in Colombia and to highlight the regular collusion between the Colombian state security forces and illegal paramilitary groups and the impunity which the perpetrators benefit from.

* To support and promote a peaceful politically negotiated settlement to the conflict in Colombia and express opposition to foreign military intervention in Colombia.

* To insist that the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation conventions and recommendations are implemented in Colombia in both law and practice.

Information from www.justiceforcolombia.org.

The latest report from the Branch’s international officer Robina Sheikh, can be accessed by clicking on the the following link

Columbia International Report Jan 2015

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Unison International Report

Play fair, FIFA and Qatar
Any opportunity Unison has to get the message out is being used raise awareness of FIFA and Qatar calling on them to play by the rules and treat the workers building stadiums and cities for the 2022 World Cup fairly.
In 2022 Qatar will host the World Cup, taking the tournament to the Middle East for the first time. This has sparked a major construction frenzy in the world’s richest country as it prepares to host its most glamorous event to date. Unfortunately, for the workers building World Cup stadiums in Qatar, the reality is far from glamorous…
Death & injury
To date with 1,400 construction deaths already, the International Trade Union Confederation estimates that, by the time the work is complete, another 2,500 workers will have died and many have been injured.
Low pay & no pay
Workers building Qatar’s stadiums for the 2022 World Cup are paid as little as 45p an hour, face dangerous working conditions, and live in squalid and overcrowded accommodation while some employers withhold wages.
Trapped in Qatar
Meanwhile, the kalafa system of employment means that migrant workers are effectively enslaved and unable to leave the country unless their sponsor or employer agrees. Workers need permission from their employers before they can leave Qatar.
No defence
World Cup workers in Qatar are unable to join forces and defend themselves.
All recent Unison Conferences have backed a motion highlighting these issues and further information is available from http://playfairqatar.org.uk/
Information sourced from http://www.unison.org.uk/news/play-fair-fifa-and-qatar-told and www.playfair.org.uk

International Officer
Robina Sheikh
March 2015

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