SINALTRAINAL LEADER LUCIANO ENRIQUE ROMERO MOLINA ASSASSINATED
It is with deep pain that we inform you of the death of comrade LUCIANO ENRIQUE
ROMERO MOLINA, a leader of SINALTRANAL who was assassinated in the city of
Valledupar, Cesar. Luciano was seen alive at approximately 9pm on 10 September,
then on the morning of 11 September his dead body was found tied up, tortured
and with 40 knife wounds. He was living under the PROTECTIVE MEASURES scheme of
the Inter-American Human Rights Commission of the Organisation of American
LUCIANO was 47 years old. He leaves 4 children and his partner Ledys Mendoza.
He had worked for 20 years at NESTLÉ - Cicolac in Valledupar. He was sacked from there 22 October 2002, for a supposed cease of [work] activities that was declared illegal by the Ministry of Social Protection. There is a demand for comrade Luciano Romero’s reinstatement in process through the
First Labour Court of the Valledupar Circuit. The demand is against NESTLE DE COLOMBIA S.A., CICOLAC LTDA. and DAIRY PARTENS AMERICAS MANOFACTURING COLOMBIA LTDA. “DPA COLOMBIA LIMITADA”.
LUCIANO was an outstanding leader of SINALTRAINAL and currently was our representative on the Foundation Committee of Solidarity with Political Prisoners [Fundación Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos - FCSPP] from where he carried out activities of solidarity and humanitarian assistance for the detainees.
Due to death threats he had to leave Valledupar on different occasions. From the end of 2004 he stayed several months in Gijón, Spain in a protection and solidarity programme; and he had returned to Colombia at the beginning of this year.
We repudiate this horrendous murder that adds LUCIANO ENRIQUE ROMERO MOLINA to the interminable list of assassinated union leaders in Colombia, [carried out] within the strategy of State Terrorism and through the persecution unleashed by the corporations to exterminate the trade union movement.
We condemn once again the government of Álvaro Uribe Vélez and his deceitful “peace process” with the paramilitary groups, which as we see continue massacring the unarmed population, with their crimes protected by total impunity thanks to the “Justice and Peace Law”.
We ask you to send a note of protest to
Álvaro Uribe Vélez
Presidente de la República de Colombia
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[OR to better send e-mail to Uribe login to http://www.presidencia.gov.co
and click on ESCRIBALE AL PRESIDENTE at the bottom of the page]
Vicepresidente Francisco Santos
Dr. Carlos Franco,
Director del Programa Presidencial de Derechos
Humanos y de Derecho Internacional Humanitario.
Fiscal General de la Nación
Dr. Mario Iguarán Arana
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Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos
With a copy to / con copia a
A great embrace and thanks for your solidarity
EDGAR PAEZ M.
SINALTRAINAL - Colombia