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Report: Colombia Leads World in Union Murders


A U.S.-based global labor advocacy group says Colombia is the world's most dangerous country for labor activists.

The AFL-CIO Solidarity Center said in a report released Thursday that more trade union members are killed in Colombia each year than in the rest of the world combined.

The Washington-based non-profit group also said about 4,000 trade unionists have been murdered in Colombia since the mid-1980s and that most of the incidents can be directly linked to the victims' participation in a labor dispute.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe called the report outdated.

The Colombian leader met Wednesday in Washington with President Bush for talks that covered trade and the fight against illegal drug trafficking.

Both presidents said they hoped soon to finalize remaining details of a free trade agreement between their countries so Mr. Bush can submit it to Congress. They also pledged to continue working together to defeat the drug trade.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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