The Caravana is concerned about Gilberto Torres’ safety and has written to the Colombian authorities in support of his request for protection measures. Gilberto is a union leader of Unión Sindical Obrera de la Industria del Petróleo (USO) who was kidnapped by paramilitaries in Casanare in 2002. After being kept captive for 42 days, he was released, but the risk to his life remained so high that he was forced to flee the country. Gilberto has recently returned to Colombia after 15 years in exile and the risk to his life remains high.
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