WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement on the two year anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement going into effect:

“It’s been two years since the enactment of a free trade pact with Colombia and we must demand more from an American trading partner. As workers in Ohio and across the U.S. have fought for the right to bargain for fair wages and basic benefits, workers in Colombia wake up every day to violence, impunity, and even death threats for exercising basic labor and human rights,” said Brown. “Just last year, 26 Colombian union members were killed for their efforts to improve workers rights in their country. The Colombia Free Trade Agreement and the Labor Action Plan have not brought the improvements for workers that were promised. It’s time for President Obama and President Santos to get serious about protecting workers rights and take the necessary steps to ensure Colombian workers can exercise their fundamental rights.”