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Christmas Card Appeal for Colombian Political Prisoner

Issued on December 14, 2011 at 03:55 PM

Picture of_Liliany_Obando - Liliany Obando, academic, human rights defender, trade union consultant and Colombian political prisoner.
Liliany Obando, academic, human rights defender, trade union consultant and Colombian political prisoner.

Send a Christmas Card to Liliany as part of our new campaign

On August 8th 2008 Liliany Patricia Obando was detained by the Colombian authorities. She was dragged away in front of her two terrified children and her elderly mother. The Colombian regime has accused her of 'rebellion' and is currently holding her in appalling conditions in jail without having convicted her of any crime.

Liliany is an academic, a human rights campaigner and a trade union consultant. In recent years she has worked in several Western countries, mainly Canada and Australia, in an effort to raise awareness of the situation faced by the Colombian trade union movement. This work is thought to have angered the Colombian regime, which is trying to present the international community with a false picture of what is occurring in Colombia and to cover-up the abuses.

The detention of Liliany is yet another attempt to silence those who speak out against the Colombian regime. The international community needs to protest against the authoritarian and abusive policies of the Colombian regime and to campaign for the release of people such as Liliany.

On 8th August 2011, marking three years of her imprisonment, Liliany released a personal account of her detention and the case against her which you can read here.

Justice for Colombia Ireland have taken a decision to campaign on behalf of Liliany Obando in 2012. As part of this campaign, you can take an action NOW to show your support for Liliany. We urge individuals to send a Christmas card to Liliany in prison to let her know that we are aware of her plight, she is not forgotten and that we will be working on her behalf throughout 2012.

Christmas cards should be mailed directly to Liliany at the address below:

Liliany Obando
Patio 7
Reclusion de Mujeres "El Buen Pastor",
Cra 47. No. 84 - 25 Barrio Entre Rios

We will continue our work to ensure the difficulties faced by Colombian trade unions are widely publicised, encourage trade unions and their members to become affiliated with the Justice for Colombia group and take action through our campaigns.