And [Gustavo] Petro has his own allies in Washington — he told CNN that he speaks “often” with US Senator Bernie Sanders, and met in person earlier this year with the Progressive Caucus, a group of left-leaning US representatives.
Colombia’s newest president has also spoken of a desire to create a new progressive alliance in South America.
This would likely involve Chilean president Gabriel Boric and Argentinian president Alberto Fernandez, rather than the three authoritarian countries of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Gustavo Petro was the 2007 recipient of the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award by the Institute for Policy Studies (Sponsored by Open Society Foundations, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Foundation, The Ford Foundation, all exposed below*)
*NGOs & Alt Media Outlets in the Service of Imperialism (US Institute of Peace, Latin America Working Group, & Washington Office on Latin America)
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Colombia: Human Rights Defenders Building Sustainable Peace (USIP & VP Francia Elena Márquez Mina)
On February 18, 2016, the United States Institute of Peace, the Latin America Working Group, and the Washington Office on Latin America hosted four winners of Diakonia’s 2015 National Prize for the Defense of Human Rights in Colombia for a discussion of “the challenges they and their fellow advocates face in their regions, and the role of human rights defenders in building sustainable peace in Colombia.”