On July 1st, Alberto Román Acosta González, president of the Guacarí branch of Colombia’s National Union of Agricultural Workers (SINTRAINAGRO), was gunned down by two hired men while watching his son play soccer, reports the Action Network. For over ten years, Alberto fought for the rights of sugarcane cutters who toil in the fields for up to 14 hours a day and make as little as $200 dollars a month.
The SINTRAINAGRO offices in the department of Magdalena, Ciénaga municipality also suffered a grenade attack earlier this year in March.
In response to this latest attack, SINTRAINAGRO has asked for international support for their demand that the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his government undertake a full and transparent investigation into this assassination and implement appropriate measures to protect union leaders and its members.
To support their letter campaign to demand the Columbian government to set in place appropriate measure to protect Columbian Trade Union leaders, you can sign their letter here.
© Source: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/president-santos-protect-human-rights-defenders