Petition to release Dr Miguel Beltrán from La Picota prison

Nov 25th, 2015 | By | Category: Campaigns, News

On Thursday 19 November representatives from UCU and Justice for Colombia handed in a 5,000-strong petition to the Colombian authorities about the imprisonment of Dr. Miguel Beltrán.  Once again, a big thank you to all members who signed it.

This petition was available to members via the link shown below, in Sally Hunt’s letter:

A letter to all members from Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary

Dear colleague

I am writing with a very urgent plea for your help. I need your assistance to defend Dr Miguel Beltrán, who was arrested by the Colombian authorities on 31 July 2015. He is currently in Bogota’s notorious La Picota prison.

Please join me by adding your name to our new online petition to the Colombian Supreme Court here.

Dr Miguel Beltrán is a Colombian academic. He has published research on the Colombian conflict and is an outspoken critic of the government.

He was first arrested in May 2009 accused of ‘rebellion’ and was detained for two years in the same prison where he is being held today. Following an international campaign led by UCU and Justice for Colombia Dr Beltrán was released in June 2011. The individual letters you wrote and the mass open letters you signed made a real difference.

Unfortunately since his release the Colombian authorities have continued to persecute Dr Beltrán for his beliefs, culminating in his arrest on 31 July 2015.

Dr Beltrán’s lawyers are currently petitioning the Colombian Supreme Court to make a decision on his appeal and to ensure that there is due process. But they need our help in persuading the Colombian authorities to act.

Please support our colleague by adding your name to this new online petition.

Please then circulate this message to your colleagues and professional networks, whether or not they are UCU members.

Thank you for your continuing support. I will keep you updated on Dr Beltrán’s case.

Yours sincerely

Sally Hunt
UCU general secretary

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