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Colombia - branch aid for Colombian trade unionists

Prospect has long been associated with Justice for Colombia, a campaigning non-governmental organisation. When Linda Wall, a Prospect organiser, played a JFC video clip on trade union abuses in

Colombia to members of the Prison Service branch, they felt it would be good to support the political prisoner campaign in a practical way. As part of a recruitment campaign the branch raised awareness of the campaign to free Liliany and of the human rights abuses in Colombia. They raised £470 to support her legal battle, donating £10 to JFC for every new member recruited. A second appeal in support of trade unionist Alirio Garcia raised £340. Alirio has subsequently been released from detention (as was his wife Rosalba earlier in the year, in June 2011).

Liliany ObandoOn 8 August 2008 Liliany Patricia Obando was detained by the Colombian authorities. The Colombian regime accused her of ‘rebellion' and held her in the political prisoner's block of the ‘Buen Pastor' women's prison in the Colombian capital Bogota.

Liliany was held in appalling conditions: food and medicine were insufficient, communication with the outside world was limited and some women in the political prisoners block, though not Liliany, were imprisoned with their small children.

Liliany is an academic, a women's rights campaigner and a trade unionist.