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Tunisia: Congress condemns the violent repression

Issued on January 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM

David Begg - Congress General Secretary
Congress General Secretary

"Release those detained and prosecute those responsible for the attack"

In a letter to the President of Tunisia Mr. Ben Ali, Congress' General Secretary David Begg condemns the attacks on freedom and the injuries and loss of life. He urges the Tunisian Government to release those detained and prosecute those responsible for the attacks on trade union members and other citizens.

According to Tunisian trade union sources, over fifty people are thought to have died in clashes between the security forces and protestors, and many more have been injured.

Read the letter here:

Dear President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ,

We are writing to you on behalf of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to express our deep concern on the situation in your country.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has been informed by the ITUC and other trade union sources that due to the violent repression of the demonstrators, over fifty people are thought to have died in clashes between the security forces and protestors. Many more have been injured and others have been arrested.


It is not acceptable to us that your regime is controlling the media, "dissidents" are imprisoned and that human and trade union rights are constantly violated.


The Irish Congress of Trade Unions urge you to halt the violent repression, to release those detained and prosecute those responsible for the attacks on trade union members and other citizens.


The Irish Congress of Trade Unions denounces these acts, and expresses its solidarity with its Tunisian brothers and sisters. The government must fulfill its obligations under international law to respect trade union rights and fundamental liberties such as freedom of expression.

 

Yours sincerely,

David Begg
GENERAL SECRETARY