Center for Trade Union & Workers Services (CTUWS), February 29, 2012:
Misdemeanor court of Helwan sentenced in absentia, six months imprisonment on Kamal Abbas, CTUWS general coordinator, on February 26, 2012 in the case NO. 988 of the year 2012 (Misdemeanor of Helwan) for insult a public officer” – according to a referral decision – ” Ismail Ibrahim Fahmy is the Acting President of the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF)!, during his speech of the delegation of (ETUF), at the Session No. 100 of the International Labour Organization (ILO). “
The sessions of the ILO witnessed on Thursday June 9, 2011 a serious confrontation between two Egyptian sides: the official Egyptian Trade Union Federation which belonged to the former regime on one side and both the Center for Trade Union and Workers Services and the Egyptian Independent Trade Union Federation on the other side. Kamal Abbas, the General Coordinator of CTUWS interrupted Ismail Fahmy the Acting President of ETUF while he was delivering his speech. Abbas expressed his rejection that the ETUF continues to represent the Egyptian workers.
CTUWS is Expressing its deep concern over the issuance of such a judgment for Kamal Abbas, CTUWS general coordinator, without any clear reason of the law, But declare its refusal to apply sanctions of imprisonment on the Egyptian citizens on the basis of legal materials worthy cancellation because of the violation freedom of expression and human rights, and contrary to the Egyptian Constitutional Declaration as it includes the Article No. 12 states that “freedom of opinion is guaranteed, and every one has the right to express his opinion and publish it either orally , written, photography or other means of expression within the limits of the law, and self-criticism and constructive criticism to ensure the safety of national construction”.
The CTUWS while intends to appeal the court ruling, they confirm continuing its struggle for the right of Egyptian workers in their effort of building Independent Trade Union Organizations. These Independent Trade Union Organizations which should not be headed by “public officers”, but workers leaders and trade unionists defending workers’ interests.
The Egyptian workers should have the right to choose their representatives who speak on their behalf .. CTUWS demands together with all democratic forces that defending freedom of expression to cancel sanctions that is restricting freedom of expression.
CTUWS is calling for these democratic forces for solidarity to face the fierce war which launched by the regime officers.