The International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia

Today – at the time of voting – MEPs appear not to have listened to civil society

The Committee on International Trade did not listen to more than 160 rural communities and NGOs in Europe and Latin America who asked them not to ratify the EU-Colombia and Peru Free Trade Agreement

More than 160 NGOs and communities in Europe and Latin America have sent a letter to the European Parliament Committee on International Trade on October 25, 2012 asking them not to ratify the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union – Colombia and Peru. This request is based on the dramatic consequences that this treaty could have on human rights, the food sovereignty of communities, pollution of the living environment of entire villages, and the destruction of sectors of the economy. The FTA is a way to perpetuate and increase an export model in raw materials from Colombia and Peru to the European Union; a model that does not contribute to inclusive development.