Noam Chomsky, labor writer David Bacon, Sanctuary Movement and No More Deaths Founder, Rev. John Fife and immigrant rights organizer, Isabel García are among those calling for freedom for Colombian Political Prisoner, Liliany Obando. Would you join them by endorsing a Friend of the Court statement on behalf of Ms. Obando that will be submitted to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights and also to the court hearing her case in Colombia? We are looking for endorsements from both individuals and organizations.
Liliany Obando is a unionist, academic and independent film maker who was arrested on August 8th, 2008, on the basis of evidence that has been thoroughly discredited. Charges against her stem from computers allegedly recovered when the Colombian military bombed a FARC camp in Ecuador. The Colombian Captain who oversaw the initial investigation of the computers has admitted that files were manipulated. INTERPOL, the international police agency, wrote in a report that the computers’ files could not be authenticated. Obando was arrested the week she was to release a report on the murders of more than 1,500 members of FENSUAGRO, Colombia’s largest union of farmers and farm workers. She is the only person originally investigated as a part of this process whose case has not yet been thrown out of court.
If you or your organization would like to be included on this Friend of the Court statement, please send an email to email@example.com. The Alliance for Global Justice is trying to gather as many endorsements as possible before Friday, Sept. 10th, 2010.
Endorsers so far include (partial list):
Isabel García, founder of the Coalición de Derechos Humanos and recipient of Mexico’s National Human Rights Prize*
Rev. John Fife, founder of the Sanctuary Movement and No More Deaths, and former President of the Presbyterian Church USA*
David Bacon, US labor journalist and photographer
The Alliance for Global Justice
Latin America Solidarity Committee
Nicaragua Center for Community Action
Colombia Action Network
*For identification purposes only