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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/2003/NGO/263
27 March 2003

ENGLISH, FRENCH AND SPANISH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Fifty-ninth session
Item 9 of the agenda


QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND
FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD


Written statement* submitted by International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, a non-governmental organization in general consultative status




The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.


[13 March 2003]



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*This written statement is issued, unedited, in the language(s) received from the submitting non-governmental organization(s).



The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (the largest international trade union body, set up in 1949 and comprising 231 national affiliated trade union centres in 150 countries and territories on all five continents, with a membership of 158 million) is gravely concerned at the large extent of violations of civil and political rights of trade union members, leaders, and activists around the world.

Our annual world-wide Report on Violations of Trade Union Rights indicates that each year, on average, approx. 200 trade unionists are killed because of their trade union activities (the bulk of them in Colombia), approx. 4,000 are detained, arrested and/or sentenced to (sometimes long) prison terms, a further 1,000 are injured, beaten, tortured or otherwise mistreated, and at least 10,000 unionists are sacked in retaliation for their legitimate trade union activities.

The following is a list of the worst cases since last year’s Session of the Commission on Human Rights.

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E. Middle-East: Palestine-Israel: trade union and other workers’ rights have been deeply affected by the repression of the second Intifada, including denying Palestinian workers the right of entry into Israel in order to work, as well as at least one attack on a Palestinian union headquarters. While condemning with equal vigour all killings of innocent civilians by both parties to the conflict, the ICFTU has supported and continues to encourage the Israeli and Palestinian trade union movements to co-operate in order to improve workers’ rights and conditions.

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