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CCTV: Colombian farmers on strike
Farmers and their supporters in Colombia are protesting the so-called free trade agreements that would likely eliminate their livelihoods
In Colombia, free trade brings more poverty and more killings
Colombian unions and farmers opposed the free trade agreement strongly, and today hold it responsible for increasing poverty while fostering a climate in which corporate rights are paramount and labor rights hardly exist.
Costa Rican legislature ratifies free trade agreement with Colombia
The Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica ratified a free trade agreement with Colombia on Thursday night that covers approximately 70 percent of exports from both countries, according to an official source on Friday.
Protest likely on April 28, says Colombian farmer leader
Colombian farmer leader César Pachón, a representative of the group Dignidad Papera, said that the movement may take to the roads to protest on April 20 against the delay in goverment compliance with agreements with the sector.
Colombia: Where dockers sell their paycheques for loans
The conditions of Buenaventura’s longshore workers, and the harsh reprisals against them for trying to form unions, dramatically illustrate the failure of Colombia’s Labor Action Plan.
Colombia’s Breadbasket Feels the Pinch of Free Trade
Things are getting worse and worse,” Enrique Muñoz, a 67-year-old farmer from the municipality of Cajamarca in the central Colombian department of Tolima, once known as the country’s breadbasket, said sadly.
Groups decry ’meaningless’ consultation in Canada-Colombia FTA human rights impact assessment process
This is the third time the Conservative government has attempted to produce an impact assessment of its 2011 FTA with Colombia, as required by law, and each time the final report has been completely inadequate.
Colombia: Farmers protest alleged violation of agriculture agreement
On Monday, representatives of indigenous communities, Afro-Colombians, and campesinos held demonstrations in Plaza Bolívar, Bogotá, to demand a new agriculture policy seeking solutions to the problem of land access and greater protection from free trade agreements.
Costa Rica & Colombia approve free trade agreement
The Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica has approved the country’s Free Trade Agreement with Colombia, a prerequisite for Costa Rica to gain admittance into the Pacific Alliance group, composed of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile.
Santos’ FTA promises prove false; Colombia’s exports to US drop 15.5%
A promised increase in exports to the United States as a result of a free trade agreement has failed to materialize as exports contracted 15.5%, according to Colombia’s statistics agency.
The deadly wages of free trade
The very same policies which undermined the livelihoods of the approximately 2 million small farmers in Mexico who were displaced as a consequence are devastating the Colombian country side now.
Japan, Colombia kick off 3rd round of FTA talks
The two countries agreed to launch FTA talks in September 2012 and held their first round of negotiations in Tokyo last December and the second session in Colombia’s Cali in May.
Panama, Colombia sign free trade agreement
Panama has signed a free trade agreement with Colombia, making a step forward to join the Pacific Alliance.
Colombia, Israel ink free trade accord
Colombian Trade, Tourism and Industry Minister Sergio Diaz-Granados said Monday his country has signed a free trade agreement with Israel that will take effect next year.
Colombian workers’ rights still among the worst, two years after US trade pact
he Labor Action Plan was supposed to protect workers, but many leaders see "blatant disregard" for labor protections in Colombia.
Colombia anti-free trade strike brings gains for left
The struggle has made several gains for farmers and the left, writes Steven Mather from Putamayo.
Colombia is latest addition to pantheon of free-trade follies
The failure of free-trade agreements has repeatedly highlighted the need for more humane, intelligent agricultural interventions
National farmers and social strike gets seeds control law 970 suspended
In Colombia after 21 days of a nationwide strike by thousands of farmers, blocking more than 40 roads nationwide, protesting farmers forced the Colombian government to negotiate the rejection of a farm bill and the release of detained protesters. Report from Real News Network.
On the national strike and wave of popular disobedience in Colombia
The Colombian anarchist Grupo Libertario Vía Libre wrote and published the following article in late August, in Spanish. Now translated to English.
Farmers’ strike in Colombia highlights impact of free trade deal on local communities
Radio interview with Julia Duranti, with Witness for Peace. The group works in some of the hardest-hit regions for farmers in Colombia.