Rep. Johnson's statement on the administration's announcement on the Colombia Trade Deal

Apr 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) released the following statement on the announcement made by President Obama on the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement:

“I commend the President’s commitment to trade and growth, but I am deeply concerned by ongoing violence against Colombian workers, Afro-Colombians, and indigenous Colombians who are routinely attacked and displaced with impunity.

“The action plan announced this week by President Obama and President Santos fails to adequately address those issues.  Colombia continues to fail at the basic governmental responsibility of protecting its citizens, and I oppose a trade agreement that does not address that failure.

“The action plan announced this week indicates that all parties realize there is significant work ahead to provide justice and security for Colombian workers, and that is commendable. At a time when workers’ rights are under attack here in the United States, it is imperative that we stand in solidarity with workers around the world, from Madison to Medellin. I encourage the Government of Colombia and President Obama to give equal attention to the plight of the Afro-Colombians and indigenous Colombians.”