[Marxism] British TUC calls for Tough Action on Honduras

Greg McDonald sabocat59 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 16 20:14:02 MDT 2009


http://committeeagainsthondurascoup.blogspot.com/2009/10/british-tuc-calls-for-tough-action-on.html

Friday, 16 October 2009
British TUC calls for tough action on Honduras
The Trades Union Congress (TUC), the national federation of trade
unions in Britian representing nearly 7 million workers is callign for
tough action from the European Commission to support the Honuran
peole.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “Since the military coup in
Honduras, opponents of the regime have been assaulted, raped and
killed.

“Despite these appalling human rights abuses, the European Union
continues to give the regime legitimacy through preferential trade
rights.

“Rather than standing idly by the international community must put
political and economic pressure on the regime to end its human rights
abuses and restore the democratically elected Government.”

A full press release is below.



The TUC is today (Wednesday) calling on the European Commission to
suspend its preferential trade agreement with Honduras because of
repeated human rights abuses since the military regime overthrew the
democratically elected government earlier this year.

Since the military coup on 28 June 2009, 20 people have been killed
(12 of whom were trade unionists), while another 500 people have been
injured and 3,000 arrested. Honduran trade unions have reported their
members being subjected to physical and psychological torture,
including rape.

Last month the TUC wrote to European Commissioner Baroness Catherine
Ashton calling on the European Commission to suspend its GSP+ trade
agreement with Honduras.

Under its Generalised System of Preferences or ‘GSP+’ scheme, the
European Union rewards countries that are implementing fundamental
human and labour rights conventions with additional trade preferences.

The TUC believes the Honduran regime has violated several UN and ILO
human and workers’ rights conventions including the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture
and the ILO conventions concerning Freedom of Association.

Despite acknowledging concerns about the military regime, the European
Commission has refused to withdraw GSP+ status from Honduras. In her
response Baroness Ashton claimed: “We have not yet received any
indication that the situation is yet affecting the implementation of
the Conventions linked to GSP+”.

The TUC call was made ahead of the event Restore Democracy in Honduras
being held in central London tonight.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “Since the military coup in
Honduras, opponents of the regime have been assaulted, raped and
killed.

“Despite these appalling human rights abuses, the European Union
continues to give the regime legitimacy through preferential trade
rights.

“Rather than standing idly by the international community must put
political and economic pressure on the regime to end its human rights
abuses and restore the democratically elected Government.”

UCU General Secretary Sally Hunt said: “Trade unionists in Honduras
faced violence before the coup. But the situation today is far worse.

“Sadly when dictators crack down on democracies, trade unions are
often the first to be targeted.

“We urge the European Commission to put pressure on the Honduran
military regime by suspending its preferential trade agreement.”




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