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Issue #1652      August 20, 2014

Political Prisoner Liliany Obando on hunger strike

COLOMBIA: On Wednesday August 13 Liliany Obando declared herself to be on a hunger strike to protest her illegal and unfair arrest she has been a victim of since August 8, 2008 (see interview “Liliany Obando – ‘My only crime is belonging to the Colombian left-wing’”).

Reports indicate she has not received any kind of medical attention and family and friends fear for her health. She is in solitary confinement, only allowed out of her cell for one hour a day and denied access to her lawyer. A call for solidarity with Liliany Obando has been made to local and international human rights organisations to demand her unconditional release.

On August 5 the Colombian trade unionist and political prisoner was taken from her home where she had been serving out the remainder of a sentence under house arrest.

From her cold cell Liliany has sent an article about the Fiscalia in Paloquemao, Bogota and her six-year ordeal. Liliany was taken by agents serving an arrest warrant in the midst of an aggressive media campaign. The arrest and the campaign is aimed at reviving the so-called “Farc Politica” where state terrorism mounts judicial and trial by media cases on academics and human rights campaigners.

Prior to home detention Liliany spent 43 months deprived of being able to care for her children, at the El Buen Pastor women’s prison in Bogota. International pressure and the end of legal terms brought about her Provisional release on March 1, 2012.

While on Provisional release she was sentenced to 70 months in prison + 707 million Colombian Pesos around (around $400,000) which would be impossible to repay for any worker or activist let alone a single mother of two young children.

Several trade unions and human rights organisations in Australia have sent letters of support asking Judge 7 to grant Liliany Obando home detention to serve the balance of this unfair sentence.

The Communist Party of Australia expresses its solidarity with Liliany Obando and her family who are also victims of this state terrorism, we will continue campaigning for her unconditional release.

For more information and updates visit: www.inspp.org

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