Thanks to everyone who has joined the call for the release of Dr Beltran from his imprisonment in Colombia. The University and College Union, together with Justice for Colombia has today submitted to President Santos a letter signed by more than 4000 academics.
Signatories include the Nobel prize winner, Sir Richard Roberts and a host of scholars with international reputations.
While most of the signatories are from the UK, the open letter attracted support from educators in more than 20 countries across the world, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sweden and the USA.
You can see the open letter submitted to President Santos here: /wp-content/uploads/2011/05/4-May-Academics-Open-Letter-to-President-Santos.pdf
To view the complete list of signatories click here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=5474
In addition, Dr Beltran received invaluable support from other unions around the world, including the NTEU in Australia, who added their names to the open letter, the GEW in Germany and the NUT in the UK who both wrote letters of protest to the Colombian government. You can see the GEW’s letter here: /wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Carta-Thoene-a-Calderon.pdf
Thanks to all of you for your support. We will update you on any news regarding our colleague in Colombia as soon as we have it.