Target: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Goal: Investigate claims by families of murdered trade unionists that Coca-Cola hired hitmen from a Colombian paramilitary group.
Families of murdered Colombian trade unionists have accused beverage giant Coca-Cola of hiring assassins to kill at least 10 people between 1990 and 2002. The families have brought a suit against Coca-Cola in Colombian court. They allege that Coca-Cola hired hitmen from the since disbanded right wing paramilitary organization, the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia, also known as the AUC.
The AUC, which demobilized in 2006, was labelled a terrorist organization by the U.S. government in 2001. While active, the organization, which was responsible for a number of massacres, killings, and crimes against humanity, allegedly derived a significant portion of its funding from private businesses, including alleged payments from U.S. corporations such as Chiquita and Coca-Cola.
If these allegations are proven to be true, then Coca-Cola provided financial support to a terrorist organization–a clear violation of U.S. law. Given the gravity of these allegations, the Department of Justice must investigate and bring all those responsible under U.S. jurisdiction to justice.
Corporations must be held accountable for funding and directing violence. Sign our petition and demand an investigation and, if the allegations are proven, that those responsible are brought to justice.
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
As you may know, several U.S. firms have been named in lawsuits brought to the newly formed transitional justice tribunal in Colombia. Among these companies is Coca-Cola, a corporation which, it is alleged, hired assassins to kill at least 10 trade union leaders between 1990 and 2002. Critically, those alleged assassins were members of the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC–a paramilitary group recognized as a terrorist organization by Secretary Colin Powell in 2001.
Given the gravity of these allegations, I believe that the Department of Justice must, in collaboration with Colombian authorities, investigate these claims. Furthermore, if these allegations are proven, those responsible in either jurisdiction must be brought to justice. Corporations based in the United States of America cannot be allowed to support terrorist groups with impunity.
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