Neil Findlay MSP for the Lothian region travelled to Colombia last week as part of an international delegation to monitor the peace process there.
In 2016 a peace accord was signed between rebel group the FARC and the Colombian Government bringing to an end 50 years of civil war in the country, however political violence and deep rooted social and political problems and high levels of poverty continue to blight the population.
The delegation met with a number of organisations including government officials, trade union representatives, indigenous communities and political parties to hear about the progress of the peace process.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“The progress of the peace process in Colombia has stalled bringing with it major social protest at the living conditions of ordinary Colombians and political violence against social groups and trade unions.“International pressure needs to increase on the Colombian Government to adhere to all elements of the peace process. I would urge the Scottish and UK Governments to make representations to the Colombian Government to fulfil their commitments.”