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IUF calls for repeal of emergency regulations in Sri Lanka, release of all detainees

The 25th IUF Congress:

Notes the dangerous trend towards the creation of a Police State which has arisen under President Mahinda Rajapakse’s Emergency Regulations under which abductions, disappearances and arbitrary detentions have occurred including the abductions of trade unionists and journalists;

Endorses the stand taken by the IUF-affiliated CMU in calling for the immediate repeal of the Emergency Regulations;

Demands the release of all detainees;

Calls on all IUF affiliates to support the defense of trade union, human and democratic rights in Sri Lanka.

Submitted by: The Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General Workers’ Union (CMU)