Obando is a sociologist and documentary filmmaker. A week before her arrest, she issued a report documenting the murders of 1500 FENSUAGRO union members. FENSUAGRO is Colombia's largest agricultural workers' union.
Grassroots protests against the despotic regime of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir continue, and the government is feeling its hold slipping.
Progress on enacting a new trade union law in Iraq is still stalled.
Sudan's capital, Khartoum, and neighboring Omdurman, as well as Port Sudan and other parts of the country, are being rocked by mass protests and government repression, with the loss of at least 70 lives so far in Khartoum alone.
Angry small farmers are rejecting free trade agreements Colombia signed with the United States, Canada, and the European Union. Rrural people in Colombia are suffering.Eight million Colombians are hungry,
Class conflict, rural - urban divisions, and impunity for criminals created circumstances putting Obando and other political activists at high risk.
The International Trade Union Confederation condemns the wave of firings, repression and violence being waged against Bahrain workers and their unions after a widely supported strike.
The arrest of Liliany Obando on trumped up charges is under scrutiny, as evidence against her is lacking.
In Washington, business interests are pushing the Obama administration to submit a U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement for congressional approval. Yet terror prevails under the new regime of President Juan Manuel Santos