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’Sharing is not a crime’: Why a Colombian student faces prison for posting research online
A South American biologist who found a five-year-old master’s degree thesis online, then shared it with fellow graduate students on a Web page, could spend the next eight years in prison for copyright infringement — thanks to the US-Colombia FTA.
Colombia, Japan agree to accelerate FTA process
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos and the prime minister of Japan agreed to expedite the process of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries.
Pending Colombia-UK investment pact ‘undermines democracy and peace prospects’
The United Kingdom’s Parliament was expected to ratify an international investment treaty with Colombia Thursday that critics claim jeopardizes Colombian reform attempts and the future of the South American nation’s ongoing peace process with the FARC rebel group, reported the The Guardian newspaper.
UK investment treaty with Colombia ’threatens fragile peace process’
Human rights groups say agreement to protect British investors empowers multinational firms and endangers land reform
Colombia Congress rejects free trade deal with South Korea
Colombia’s Congress on Tuesday voted against a signed free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea following disappointing results of a similar deal with the United States.
Korea-Colombia free trade agreement excludes rice and rice related products, says USDA Post
USDA Post reports that South Korea’s National Assembly has ratified the Korea-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, but the FTA excludes rice and other rice related products.
NDP: Harper gov’t report on human rights abuses in Colombia is a ’sham’
The New Democratic Party and civil society groups are accusing the Harper government of whitewashing human rights abuses in Colombia in the latest report to Parliament on the impact of Canada’s free trade agreement with the South American country.
Colombia seeks to double agricultural land in five years
The Colombian government has set an ambitious goal to double the country’s agricultural land in half a decade, starting from 2015, to make the most of free trade agreements (FTA) signed with countries around the world, particularly the United States.
Colombia thrilled about Korea FTA
Colombia is set to gain a foothold in East Asia after a free trade agreement is signed with Korea.
Colombian farmers reach deal to end 11-day strike
Colombian farmers agreed on Friday to halt an 11-day strike that had threatened to damage President Juan Manuel Santos’s re-election campaign with just over two weeks left before the election.
Over 120 injured in agrarian strikes: Interior Ministry
Colombian authorities have announced that 61 policemen and 66 farmers have been injured as a result of recent confrontations during the ongoing nationwide agrarian strikes adding that they do not know who is using weapons.
Colombia’s rural strikes expand as leftists, minorities and more farmers join
One of Colombia’s largest leftist collective, farmers, indigenous people and Afro-Colombians, united in the so-called Agrarian Summit (Cumbre Agraria Campesina Etnica y Popular) has joined ongoing strikes carried out by farmers, miners and truckers in Colombia’s countryside.
CCTV: Colombian farmers on strike
Farmers and their supporters in Colombia are protesting the so-called free trade agreements that would likely eliminate their livelihoods
In Colombia, free trade brings more poverty and more killings
Colombian unions and farmers opposed the free trade agreement strongly, and today hold it responsible for increasing poverty while fostering a climate in which corporate rights are paramount and labor rights hardly exist.
Costa Rican legislature ratifies free trade agreement with Colombia
The Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica ratified a free trade agreement with Colombia on Thursday night that covers approximately 70 percent of exports from both countries, according to an official source on Friday.
Protest likely on April 28, says Colombian farmer leader
Colombian farmer leader César Pachón, a representative of the group Dignidad Papera, said that the movement may take to the roads to protest on April 20 against the delay in goverment compliance with agreements with the sector.
Colombia: Where dockers sell their paycheques for loans
The conditions of Buenaventura’s longshore workers, and the harsh reprisals against them for trying to form unions, dramatically illustrate the failure of Colombia’s Labor Action Plan.
Colombia’s Breadbasket Feels the Pinch of Free Trade
Things are getting worse and worse,” Enrique Muñoz, a 67-year-old farmer from the municipality of Cajamarca in the central Colombian department of Tolima, once known as the country’s breadbasket, said sadly.
Groups decry ’meaningless’ consultation in Canada-Colombia FTA human rights impact assessment process
This is the third time the Conservative government has attempted to produce an impact assessment of its 2011 FTA with Colombia, as required by law, and each time the final report has been completely inadequate.
Colombia: Farmers protest alleged violation of agriculture agreement
On Monday, representatives of indigenous communities, Afro-Colombians, and campesinos held demonstrations in Plaza Bolívar, Bogotá, to demand a new agriculture policy seeking solutions to the problem of land access and greater protection from free trade agreements.