ICTUR Sends a Letter of Protest to the President of the USA

The International Centre for Trade Union Rights (‘ICTUR’): trade union rights violations in Iraq
Attn: George W. Bush, President of the United States of America
Cc: Iraqi government, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Trade Union Rights Centre (Iraq).
5 March 2007
Dear President,
The International Centre for Trade Union Rights is seriously concerned by a series of raids carried out against trade union premises by US forces in Iraq.
ICTUR understands that US forces carried out three armed raids on the offices of two Iraqi trade unions:

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Iraqi Journalists Union Demands Apology

Friday February 23, 2007 10:16 PM
Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The Iraqi Union for Journalists said Friday it has demanded an apology and compensation for a U.S.-led raid on the group’s headquarters this week. The U.S. military insisted American troops were not involved.
International journalism advocacy groups also expressed outrage over the raid, which occurred Monday in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Waziriyah, a predominantly Sunni area.

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Official Statement on American raids on the GFIW headquarters in Baghdad

On 23 February, American and Iraqi forces raided the head office of the General Federation of Iraqi Workers (GFIW) and arrested one of the Union security staff.
This unprovoked attack resulted in the destruction of furniture, the confiscation of a computer and fax machine and the arrest of employee who was released unharmed later same day.

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TUC condemns anti-union terrorism in Iraq

TUC letter to the Iraqi GFIW
3 February 2007
TUC condemns anti-union terrorism in Iraq
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has condemned three examples of barbarous terrorism against the trade union movement in Iraq.
Writing personally to the General Secretary of the Iraqi GFIW, Rasem Al-Awady, he said:
‘Trade unionism is founded on the principle that an injury to one is an injury to all, and I have no doubt that, contrary to their intentions, the actions of these terrorists will only redouble the commitment of Iraqi trade unionists, and the solidarity of trade unionists around the world for your struggles.’
For more information please click here: www.tuc.org.uk/international

Iraq: ITUC Condemns bomb attack on trade union leader

Brussels, 2 February (ITUC OnLine)
Khalil Ibrahim Al-Mashhadani,Vice-President of the GFIW (General Federation of Iraqi Workers) as well as General Secretary of the Arab Federation of Building and Wood Workers, was injured in a bomb attack on Wednesday Jan 31st. Prior to the founding of the GFIW with the merger of the former GFTU, IFTU and
GFITU, Khalil held the position of President of the former GFITU. The
ITUC firmly condemns what it considers to be a targeted attack on a
trade union activist. For more information please click here: www.ituc-csi.org,/a>

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