Colombia - ASPU executive included in collective threat against Cauca union leaders

On 9 February 2017, a collective threat in an email signed by the Águilas Negras was addressed to various social and trade union organisations from Popayán and the department of Cauca, including ASOINCA, ASPU, CIMA, ACIN, Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres, ACIT, COCOCAUCA and Junta Patriótica. The threat stated that they intended to eliminate the human rights defenders and social leaders that had been supporting the peace process. Specific reference was made to the executive of the Cauca branch of university professors’ trade union APSU (Asociación Sindical de Profesores Universitarios), comprising its president, Diego Cáceres, vice president, Luis Reinel Vásquez, treasurer, José Omar Zúñiga, fiscal secretary, Luis Evelio Zúñiga, secretary, Olga Lucia Sanabria, and spokespersons, Mario Delgado, Stella Pino and Cesar Alfaro Mosquera.

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