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PGA President condemns Colombian death threat

13 August 2014

PGA President condemns Colombian death threat

President of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and Labour MP Ross Robertson has expressed his concern about death threats against Senator Ivan Cepeda, Colombia.

“This is not the first death threat against PGA member Senator Cepeda,” said Ross Robertson.

“I have written to President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon of my deep concern and condemnation of the death threat received on Thursday, 31 July, and have called on the relevant Colombian authorities to take all necessary measures to protect the safety of the Senator, his family and staff.

“I have also called on the Colombian Attorney-General to immediately investigate and prosecute the authors of this recent death threat,” he said.

“PGA is an advocate for human rights and the rule of law, and death threats to human rights defenders and in particular to legislators who are democratically elected representatives of the people, are a threat to freedom and democracy and must be vigorously rejected by all.

“Leadership is by example, and the PGA membership stands together with Senator Cepeda and his family, and supports strongly the peace process in Colombia and the representatives of the democratic institutions of that country.

“Peace, democracy and the rule of law are fundamental tenets for good governance, transparency and accountability,” said Ross Robertson.

ENDS

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