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I had the pleasure of meeting with Berenice Celeyta at the CUPE national office this week. Berenice is a human rights advocate from Colombia and is the director of NOMADESC – the association for social research and action.

Berenice, Claude Généreux and I discussed the effects a newly elected government and the passing of the Canada – Colombia Free Trade Agreement has had on the people of Colombia and NOMADESC’s work. Sadly the situation for human rights and labour activists is still very dangerous. Claude and I pledged CUPE’s on-going support to NOMADESC.


Following our meeting, Berenice made a presentation to CUPE staff. There is a full report on her presentation on cupe.ca. She will also be visiting B.C., and be in CUPE’s B.C. regional office on Mar. 7. She will then be speaking at the CUPE Saskatchewan Aboriginal Council Conference, Mar. 8  in Regina.

 If you have any comments or feedback, please feel free to reach me at paulspage@cupe.ca.