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NASUWT hails release of jailed trade unionist

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Commenting on reports that the jailed teacher trade unionist Omar Alfonso Combita has been released from prison in Colombia, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers union in the UK, said:

“The report of Omar’s release is truly wonderful news.

“His release from incarceration will be a huge relief for his family, friends, colleagues and the wider trade union movement, in Colombia and across the world.

“Omar’s ‘crimes’ - on trumped-up charges of rebellion – were nothing more than taking part in peaceful and democratic protests against government education reforms.

“His arrest was actually part of a shameful wider attempt by the authorities to silence opposition by the trade unions and human rights organisations, which is continuing.

“Omar has been denied medical treatment while in prison, including medication for Parkinson’s disease, and held in appalling conditions, all with constant delays to the legal process. His treatment by the authorities has been vindictive and disgraceful.

“The NASUWT and its members have campaigned vigorously on his behalf and will continue to campaign to ensure he is completely exonerated.

“But the fight will continue to secure justice for all trade unionists and human rights activists in Colombia and around the world.”

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