55 cases of TUHR violations recorded on the first half of 2014
CTUHR MONITOR ONLINE
The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) recorded 55 cases of trade union and human rights violations (TUHRVs) from January to June this year. Violations consist of encroachment on civil liberties of some 164 of workers and trade unionists as well as workplace and union-related violations of another 7,811 individuals.
Fabrication of criminal charges is the most prevalent violation in the said period with nine cases filed against 20 individuals mostly unionists and union organizers. CTUHR documentation notes that these trumped-up charges are filed by either companies or state forces to harass resisting workers, to curtail worker protest, to prevent union organizing or to implicate unionists in the armed insurgency. Criminal charges range from offenses as light as ‘physical injuries,’ ‘direct assault on person in authority’ to more serious crimes such as ‘violation of law on firearms, ammunition and explosives,’ ‘arson,’ and ‘murder.’ At least four out of the nine charges have been dismissed by state or city prosecutors to date.
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