Iraqi struggles continue

Message of Solidarity from the NASUWT National Executive

The National Executive of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK,  wishes to affirm the NASUWT’s continuing solidarity with and support for the ITU as it struggles for democracy and  workers’ rights, including those of teachers.

The NASUWT National Executive  was horrified and shocked to hear of the murder of another ITU colleague,  ITU vice president in Mosul colleague Hussein Darwish,  who was gunned down on 5 June while going to work. This is not only tragedy for us all, it is crime against humanity. The coldblooded murder of a peaceful human being who loved his family, his country Iraq and his union, the Iraqi teachers’ union and who campaigned for the establishment of democracy and rule of law,  is abhorrent  and the NASUWT National Executive deplores and condemns this in the strongest possible terms.

At this very difficult time for the ITU and Iraq, the NASUWT Executive, while expressing its deepest condolences and sorrow to Hussein’s family and friends , believes that the principles for which our brother Hussein fought and died  will eventually triumph and the forces of tyranny shall not prevail.

The NASUWT National Executive is horrified by the situation  your country Iraq is facing at the hands of murderous terrorists.  The NASUWT Executive is deeply concerned for the safety of all our sisters and brothers in the ITU and their families.

The NASUWT stands with the ITU as it endeavors, with Iraqi progressive patriotic forces, to maintain Iraq’s unity, sovereignty and the fragile post 2003 democratic national political process and is ready to offer what ever assistance it can.