drop all charges from April 1 2010 Ankara union demonstration!

Dear
Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali

Thank you for sending on the following message today:

To His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey
To His Excellency Ömer Dincer, Labour and Social Security Minister of Turkey

Dear Sirs,

I am shocked to learn that your government has filed criminal indictments against 111 trade union presidents and union members for taking part in a public demonstration in support of the former TEKEL workers in Ankara on April 1, 2010. I also remind you that the demonstrators at that time were assaulted by the police for attempting to exercise their democratic rights. The use of the courts to criminalize trade union action in this manner is a clear violation of international norms and standards, including Convention 87 of the ILO which clearly guarantees workers the right to freely conduct such actions.

I therefore call on your government to immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against all the trade union officers and assure them the right to conduct their activities free of violence and harassment. It is the duty of the state to protect worker rights, not to criminalize trade union activity. I am closely following your government’s action in this regard.

Yours sincerely,

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