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Breaking News: A judgment in absentia has been issued on Kamal Abbas, CTUWS general coordinator, of six months imprisonment



Breaking News
A judgment in absentia has been issued on Kamal Abbas, CTUWS general coordinator, of six months imprisonment


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.

 

 

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Posted By: Eric Lee | 2/29/2012 at 2:49 PM

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This is shocking. What can we do to help?

Posted By: John Bain | 2/29/2012 at 3:27 PM

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This casual abuse of the law shows how much is still to be done before Egypt achieves any level of democracy. The building of independent trade unions is not achieved by public officials but by elected representatives of workers. This sentence should be withdrawn now and the law and process that produced it should be reviewed and changed.

Posted By: Joanne Landy | 2/29/2012 at 3:30 PM

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An outrage!

Posted By: Jennifer Scarlott | 2/29/2012 at 3:56 PM

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The Egyptian military must abide by the democratic revolution and free elections in Egypt, and step aside in favor of a democratically elected government in Egypt. Cease imprisoning political activists like Kamal Abbas.

Posted By: Ian McMahan | 2/29/2012 at 4:34 PM

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The Egyptian people rose up to demand their rights, including the right to organize and the right to free speech. This court ruling goes directly against those rights and hence directly against the Egyptian people. It must be overturned at once!

Posted By: Derek Clarke | 2/29/2012 at 5:56 PM

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Stop attacking trade unionists who are a force for democracy

Posted By: Julie Ruben | 3/1/2012 at 12:30 PM

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All works, and here Egyptian workers. MUST have the right to collectively bargain, and to select their own leadership as well as speakers.

Posted By: Stan Squires | 3/1/2012 at 1:18 PM

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I am from vancouver,canada and i just got your message concerning Kamal Abbas. I will pass this message to unions here in canada.The working class here got their problems too.The school teachers here in the province that im living in,British Columbia are going out on strike monday.In other provinces to there are work stopages.The workers all over the world got the same problems.Capital and Labour got nothing in common.The working class always had to fight for their rights.Without the unions workers are no better than slaves.Workers of all countries unite you got nothing to lose... Keep up the good work.

Posted By: Marie Drouin | 3/1/2012 at 1:36 PM

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Shame on You for imprisonning Kamal Abbas for trying to helo his fellow Egyptians to get better working conditons !!Shame on You !

Posted By: Andy Hansona | 3/2/2012 at 3:36 AM

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Egypt was the shining example for the Middle East. It is sinking in the estimation of the world.You must permit your workers to have their rights.

Posted By: Robert S* Dufort | 3/12/2012 at 6:28 PM

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This is an incredible story but True, it is hard to believe this is happenning in the 21st Century. There are no Human reason for such behaviour in this World. All the Middle-Eastern people need to be brought to the Modern Days of the Twenty-First Century; for the Sword of Damocles is over their heads like a Pendulum. The Young* Generation is there waiting and will wake-up to these injustices.