Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Issue10 - April - June 2003

Colombia Solidarity No 10

April–June 2003



BP and the US-Colombia Business Partnership

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BP not only is the biggest foreign investor in Colombia, this investment is the biggest of any British multinational in the whole of Latin America. From its Casanare oilfields BP controls the production of over half Colombia's oil output. The weight of this £2 billion project in fashioning British government policy towards Colombia cannot be overstated. What is good for BP is good for Britain, as far as Blair's government is concerned.

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Our Letter to BP Exploration Colombia

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Note: see previous editions of Colombia Solidarity bulletin for the background to our campaign in support of peasants in Colombia displaced by the ODC and OCENSA oil pipelines. We met three executives of BP Exploration Colombia in Bogotá last December. We have received no official response to the following letter.

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International Boycott of Coca Cola

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The boycott is one of the international actions approved in each one of the three sessions of the Popular Public Hearings(APP) and it is necessary to clearly establish all operational elements.

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Court Rules that Human Rights Case can go Forward Against Coca Cola Bottlers

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In a March 31, 2003 ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez ruled that cases brought by Colombian Plaintiffs under the Alien Tort Claims Act ("ATCA") for human rights violations committed by paramilitaries on behalf of Coca-Cola bottlers Panamerican Beverages, Inc. ("Panamco") and Bebidas y Alimentos ("Bebidas") in Colombia can go forward. Significantly, the court held that the allegations were sufficient to allow the case to proceed on a theory that the paramilitaries were acting in a symbiotic relationship with the Colombian government. This satisfies a technical requirement of the ATCA that there was a component of "state action" in the acts of violence against the Plaintiffs, which allows the international law claims to proceed against the private actors Panamco and Bebidas...

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Bring Them Home Campaign: The Legal Farce Continues...

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The defence team for the three Irish citizens accused of training the FARC, will begin to present their case in Bogotá on the 7th April. Jim Monaghan, Martin McCauley and Niall Connolly have been detained in various Colombian prisons since their arrest in August 2001. The defence team will present independent forensic evidence and sworn affidavits that testify to the whereabouts of the three men during the time they are alleged to have been training FARC rebels in the former demilitarised zone. Jim O’Keefe, a member of the Irish parliament and Sile Maguire, the first secretary of the Irish embassy in Mexico will both testify that they attended a dinner in Havana at which Niall Connolly was present on a date on which prosecution witnesses have testified that he was involved in bomb making classes in Colombia. The defence team will also present a video shown by RTE news in Ireland, that clearly shows Jim Monaghan attending a lecture in Belfast, on a specific day when the prosecution allege he was training the FARC in Colombia. 

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