Indonesian Fight of Human Rights

October 8, 1997


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Indonesian Fight Of Human Rights
Indonesian Fight
Of Human Rights

dated October 8, 1997

Indonesian Fight Of Human

The CAW, the CLC and various other labour organizations around the world are continuing their fight to free Muchtar Pakpahan the ailing leader of the SBSI, who is imprisoned in Indonesia. CAW's Human Right Director Hassan Yussuff says it's time we fought with our buying power.

Hassan Yussuff
CAW Dir. Human Rights


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There are many products Indonesia sells in this country and I would say listen its about time we started exercising our purchasing power in a much more conscious (way) with the people who are struggling in that country and that means basically refusing to buy products that come from Indonesia."



In September Yussuff, representing the CLC along with other international Trade Unionists attended the 2nd Congress of the outlawed SBSI in Jakarta, narrowly escaped jail and ended up successfully negotiating the freedom of his colleagues and the leaders of the SBSI.

Hassan Yussuff
CAW Dir. Human Rights


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It confirmed for me that the struggle to build an international solidarity with trade unionists around the world , especially in a time when globalization is happening throughout the world and there is a lack of respect for trade union rights, it shows and confirmed that the international work that we do is much more critical now than ever."

Meanwhile Muchtar Pakpahan remains imprisoned, in need of medical surgery. The CAW urges its members and all Canadians to get involved.

Hassan Yussuff
CAW Dir. Human Rights
"I think people have an obligation to communicate to External Affairs Minister Axworthy our concern that Muchtar is still in jail and we demand that the Canadian government use its relationship with Indonesia to press his case. There is no reason why he should not be released and why his union should not be recognized."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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