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Rainbow over Guatavita, Colombia

Colombia: A storm before the calm?

17 Jul 2014, By

Last week, a new trade agreement, or bilateral investment treaty (BIT), between the UK and Colombia came into force. Defending the BIT, the British Government, when pressed late last year on the human rights situation in Colombia, responded that “progress has been made” and that they would continue to push the Colombian government to eliminate…

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Picture of warning signs on Qatar building site including "danger blind curve" and "caution slippery surfaces"

Qatari announcement on World Cup slavery: reform or rebranding?

14 May 2014, By

Today’s announcement by the Qatari Ministry of the Interior contains the dramatic statement that they are “abolishing kafala” – however, it is still hard to tell whether this represents a revolution or a rebranding. Kafala is the name of the sponsorship system whereby migrant workers in Qatar are entirely beholden to their employer. Workers cannot…

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Marching trade unionists in Brazil hold a banner calling for justice for trade unionists murdered in Guatemala

Guatemala: Getting away with murder

09 May 2014, By

In 2007, Marco Tulio Ramirez, a member of the executive of northern Guatemala’s main banana union, was gunned down as he left his house to go to work. Weeks earlier five soldiers had raided union offices and demanded the names of leading activists.

Nick Clegg speaking front of a British Mueseum exhibition sign rerading "Power and gold in Colombia"

Hear No Evil, See No Evil: British Trade and Colombia

13 Feb 2014, By

Following on from Nick Clegg’s “record breaking” trade trip to Colombia last week, the Deputy Prime Minister was yesterday asked by  Robert Flello MP what contact he’d had with “human rights organisations, trades unions and opposition movements”. The answer, it seems, was very little. Instead, he has largely been getting his information from the regime…

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