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MP deplores death threats against Colombian MP

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President of Parliamentarians for Global Action Ross Robertson has expressed his concern and condemnation of the death threats against a well-known Colombian parliamentarian.

"Rep. Ivan Cepeda is a well respected Colombian MP and human rights defender, and the threats against him, as well as against Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro and human rights defender Dr. Alirio Uribe Muñoz, are of deep concern," said Ross Robertson.

"Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) deplores the information received regarding the ‘Andromeda operation’ which allowed illegal interceptions of communications of Rep. Ivan Cepeda, along with several persons involved in the Colombian peace negotiations taking place in Cuba between the government and the FARC.

"These alleged activities constitute a threat to the peace process, which needs to be embraced by all actors in order for it to be stable and durable as recognised by the participants in the PGA Annual Forum, held on 9-10 December 2013 in the Parliament of Colombia.

"Death threats to human rights defenders, and in particular to parliamentarians who are democratically-elected representatives of the people, are a threat to freedom and democracy which must be vigorously rejected by all and treated with the utmost urgency by national authorities," said Ross Robertson.

"I have tried to contact Ivan Cepeda several times over the weekend but have been unable to reach him. These people mean business in Colombia, and we should be very concerned for an international colleague’s safety.

"PGA stands in solidarity with Rep. Ivan Cepeda and his family, and reiterates its strong support to the peace process in Colombia as well as to the people and the representatives of the democratic institutions of Colombia," he said.

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