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Wftu Bulletin International Action Day for the Release of the Palestinian Political Prisoners 17 April 2012

Wftu Bulletin International Action Day for the Release of the Palestinian Political Prisoners 17 April 2012

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INFORMATION BULLETIN - World Federation of Trade Unions - 18 April 2012
INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION ACTION
For the immediate releaseof all political prisoners held in Israeli jails
The World Federation of Trade Unionsfaithfull to its duty in solidarity with thePalestinian people organised on the17th of April 2012, Day of the PalestinianPolitical Prisoners and International ActionDay calling for the immediate release of allpolitical prisoners held in Israeli jails.Within this framework the GeneralSecretary of WFTU addressed a letter to theGeneral Secretary of the United Nations,Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and the United NationsHigh Commisioner for Human Rights, Mr.Navanethem Pillay.
To: General Secretary of the United Nations,Mr. Ban Ki-MoonSubject: INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FORPALESTINE
For the immediate release of all political prisoners held inIsraeli jailsThe World Federation of Trade Unions representing its 82 
million members in 120 countries of ve continents declares:
Today in Israeli prisons there are 4,600 Palestinians imprisoned 
militants. Of these:560 have been convicted to life imprisonment by Israeli 
courts.220 are children.24 are Members of the Parliament.
204 prisoners have died in Israeli prisons.
 Among the prisoners there are great Palestinians and Arab
militants who have dedicated their lives to the struggle of the
Palestinian People to get their own independent homeland.
The WFTU from the rst day of its establishment is rmly 
on the side of the Palestinian People. On April 17th is theInternational Day of Action for Palestinian people for therelease of all prisoners in Israeli jails. All of those militantskept illegally and undemocratically by the imperialists and their organs.For years now the International Organizations are limited to
words. They show indifference. They allow the government 
of Israel to kill, to imprison, and to terrorize the people of theregion.The WFTU in a joint meeting with the General Union of Palestinian Workers held recently in Ramallah decided to call 
upon all our afliates and friends to act on April 17. To submit 
statements to the Israeli embassies in their countries, as well as international organizations and to demand the immediaterelease of all the militants from Israeli prisons.
On April 17 the WFTU is calling for:
- The immediate release of all political prisoners kept unfairly in Israeli prisons.
- To stop the settlement activity and the dismantling of the
settlements.- The immediate lifting of the unfair and inhumane blockadeof Gaza Strip, the withdrawal of the Israeli army from all occupied territories, which is there since 1967, including theGolan Height and the Shebaa area of southern Lebanon.- The demolition of the racist wall.- The creation of an independent, democratic and truly freePalestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the returnof all Palestinian refugees to their homeland.- The international community to undertake its responsibilitiesand to implement all decisions of the United Nations and theSecurity Council! 
To: Ms. Navanethem Pillay UN HighCommissioner for Humans RightsEmail: npillay@ohchr.org, infoDesk@ohchr.org, urgent-action@ohchr.org
Dear Ms. Pillay,The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), NGO
with consultative general status in ECOSOC since 1947,
representing today 82 million members in more than 120 countries, would like to call your attention about the urgent 
and grave human rights situation of Palestinian and Arab
 political prisoners in Israel prisons. Today in Israeli prisons
there are 4,600 Palestinians imprisoned militants. Of these:560 have been convicted to life imprisonment by Israeli courts.
220 are children. 24 are Members of the Parliament. 7 are
women 300 prisoners are under “administrative detention”,without charges. 204 prisoners have died in Israeli prisonsThe prisoners have suffered torture, cruel and degrading treatment, physical, verbal and psychological abuse, uses
of threats and force to extract confessions, use of solitary 
connement for extended periods up to 10 years, prisoners
are also assaulted and injured in their cells by the Israel 
army forces and their dogs, no family visits, lack of accessto proper medical treatment, overcrowding and decrepit cells,
children has been tortured with electrical shocks and sexually 
harassed, female prisoners also violated, harassed or hit.
 Among the prisoners there are great Palestinians and Arab
militants who have dedicated their lives to the struggle of the
Palestinian People to get their own independent homeland,their right to self determination. Some of the prisoners arein hunger strike after many days, as a way to protest against 
Israel abuses, and their lives and health are very weak and 
risk dying. Since the occupation started in 1967, more than800 000 Palestinian has been detained, among them 10 000 children and 15 000 women. Israel had run a policy of daily 
violations of international human rights and humanitarianlaw. It is very disappointed to know that all these concernshave been raised for many years, that there has been dozensof UN and HRC reports, resolutions, fact nding missions,
statements and calls without producing changes, without stopping this war crime.
The Human Rights Council had failed to provide redress for the victims of occupation, to achieve that Israel respect theFourth Geneva Convention, the Convention against Torture
and other important International treaties. The Humans Rights
Council must take URGENT attention, action and intervention,
to use its mandate to protect human’s rights abusers, to protect 
Palestinian prisoners, victims of tortures including minors and 
women.Today, 17 of April 2012, WFTU joins to an international 
campaign and raises its voice for the Palestinian Prisonersasking: - The immediate release of all political prisoners kept 
unfairly in Israeli prisons.
- To stop the settlement activity and the dismantling of the
settlements.- The immediate lifting of the unfair and inhumane blockadeof Gaza Strip, the withdrawal of the Israeli army from all occupied territories, which is there since 1967, including theGolan Height and the Shebaa area of southern Lebanon.- The demolition of the racist wall.- The creation of an independent, democratic and truly freePalestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the returnof all Palestinian refugees to their homeland.- The international community to undertake its responsibilitiesand to implement all decisions of the United Nations and theSecurity Council! We hope the HRC success in coordinating 
the efforts to serve the question of Palestinian prisoners.
 
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WORLD ACTION on April 17th, 2012
Greece, Athens
Solidarity Mobilization in front of the Israeli Embassyorganised by the All- Workers Militant Front (PAME)
Italy, Rome
Solidarity Mobilization in front of the Israeli Embassyorganised by Union Syndicale de Base (USB)
Palestine, Ramallah
WFTU Demonstration for Solidarity with Palestine heldin Nabi Saleh, Palestine on 23 March 2012
 
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WORLD ACTION on April 17th, 2012
Nepal, Katmandu
Solidarity Mobilization in front of the IsraeliEmbassy organised by CONEP and NTUF
South Africa, Johannesburg
Solidarity Conference organised by the WFTU Africa
Regional Ofce and the WFTU Afliates in South Africa,
NUMSA, NEHAWU, POPCRU, CEPPWAWU
Guyana,Georgetown
A delegation from the Federation of IndependentTrade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) presented a
statement to the ofces of the United Nations (UN)
and the European Union (EU).
TUI BIFU, INDIA 
International Bulletin
"Dear Palestine we are with you,Solidarity from TUI BIFU We demand - Immediate release of all political prisoners unfairly kept in Israeli  prisons- stop dismantling of the settlements- lift inhuman blockade of Gaza strip
- create independent democratic and free Palestine with East Jerusalem
as capital - implement UN resolution on PalestineC.h. Venkatachalam, general secretary trade union international of 
Banks, insurance & nance unions" 

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