Supporting Human Rights in Colombia

Presbyterian efforts to support our sisters and brothers in Colombia in their efforts to protect human rights continue.

The Presbyterian Church of Colombia has stated its opposition to the Colombia Free Trade Agreement and has called the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to join in advocacy against its passage.

Presbyterians have called President Obama. The Office of Public Witness helped organize and plan an interfaith prayer breakfast.

On July 11, four members of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship were arrested during a peaceful, nonviolent witness.

Now you can call your member of Congress to vote no on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

Together Presbyterians can and will continue to raise our voices for justice with our Colombian brothers and sisters.

General Assembly Guidance
The 219th (2008) General Assembly directed the Presbyterian Washington Office (PWO) to continue to educate the members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and their representatives in the Congress of the United States of America about the effects of U.S. legislation on the lives of individual Colombian citizens with particular emphasis on Plan Colombia and the Free Trade Agreement.

The 215th General Assembly (2003) approved actions to support efforts to:

Strive toward international cooperation based on fair trade , respect for diversity, and common concerns for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.
Oppose multinational actions and trade agreements that elevate rights of corporations over the right of governments and indigenous peoples to pass and enforce laws that preserve the public good and protect their citizens, economies, and environments.

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