January 30, 2016

Urgent Letter in Support of Colombia Peace Before Santos Visit

After more than 50 years of war, Colombia can finally see peace on the horizon. But, peace isn’t guaranteed with the signing of a peace agreement; true peace with truth, justice, and reparations will take years of work. Following 15 years of military-focused assistance through Plan Colombia, it’s time to ensure that the U.S. government will support peace and that the human rights violations seen during the conflict won’t continue as the potential peace accords are implemented.

Next week, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will arrive in Washington DC for a White House visit with President Barack Obama.

Representative James McGovern (D-MA) is circulating a letter to President Barack Obama ahead of Colombian President Santos’ visit next week. The letter encourages U.S. support for the peace process and the implementation of peace should an agreement be signed. It also urges President Obama to continue to raise with President Santos concerns about the protection of human rights defenders, labor activists, community leaders, journalists, and Afro-Colombian and indigenous leaders against whom attacks and murders have increased. In addition, the letter encourages President Obama to support the Colombian justice system in the investigation of crimes, including extrajudicial killings by the military.

This letter is “time urgent” because President Santos will be visiting the White House on February 3, 2016. Your representative only has until Monday, February 1st, to sign on.

Can you take a moment to call or email your representative and tell them to sign this important letter of support for true peace in Colombia?

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