VICTORY! NHRC OCCUPATION IS OVER!
Yesterday, December 21st, after an intense round of negotations with the
Chief of the Korean National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the Migrants' Trade
Union of Korea officially ended their 17 day occupation of the Korean
National Human Rights Office. They started their occupation demanding the
release of their union president, Anwar Hossain, and agreed to leave only
after securing the following from the KNRHC:
First, the KNHRC has promised officially to back the MTU as a legtimate
and legal trade union in Korea. To this end, they will lobby the Korean
government to register the MTU as an official trade union, thus
guaranteeing to the MTU the three most basic labor rights: the right form
union, the right to collective bargaining and the right to strike. Since
its inception, the Korean government has deemed the MTU an illegal
organization because its member are living in Korea without a working
Second, the KNHRC as agreed to make a commission on Migrants' Rights- an
official branch of the human rights office devoted soley to migrants'
issues. In this commission, migrant workers will have representation and
direct input into the KNHRC's statements and policies on migrant workers
throught the MTU.
Though they did not secure the release of Anwar, they achieved a great
victory for their union. The MTU thanks everyone for the support they
have given over the last 17 days. Your letters and solidarity statements
helped make this victory possible. Please continue to send letters to the
Minister of Justice and demand the release of our union president, Anwar
Let's fight together!
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