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Mayday Colombia - a film on human rights

Tue, 22 Feb 2005

From Wellington Latin America Solidarity Committee

Mayday Colombia - a film on human rights and life in Colombia Friday 4 March at 7pm NZ Community Trust mediatheatre The Film Archive crn Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets Wellington Rating Exempt Tickets $6 Unwaged, $8 Waged

In May 2003 War on Want and Justice for Colombia took 4 teachers and higher education workers to Colombia. In a country in which more trade unionists are murdered each year than in the rest of the world put together, teachers and lecturers are the most targeted group of workers - accounting for nearly half of all those killed. "The horrors we learnt about shocked us deeply, while the bravery of those we met has left us with memories which we will carry for the rest of our lives".

In the last decade 1,535 people have been killed as a result of their involvement in trade union activity. Not only does this severely undermine democracy but it also means thousands of workers are forced to live in poverty. Colombia is one of the most unequal societies on earth with 3% of the population owning 70% of the land. Mayday Colombia is a video produced by War on Want that records the plight trade unionists in Colombia are in and documents their efforts to continue their work in the interests of the workers they represent.

Mayday Colombia, War on Want, Faction Films 2003 For further information: Contact Tanya Tel 04 380 6155

With the support of the Wellington CTU Local Affiliates Council and the Latin America Solidarity Committee

ENDS

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