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Release Labour Activist Tian Chua, Unions Tell Malaysia

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11 August, 2005ICEM News release No. 24/2002

Malaysia must release jailed labour activist Tian Chua and other political detainees, the 20-million-strong International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) urged today. Following is the full text of the resolution adopted unanimously by the ICEM Executive Committee, meeting in Brussels

 Jailed without trial: Malaysian labour activist Tian Chua

The ICEM Executive Committee, at its meeting on 6-7 June 2002, condemns the detention without trial of Malaysian labour activist TIAN CHUA under the Internal Security Act of Malaysia.

We urge the Malaysian Government to release immediately and unconditionally TIAN CHUA and other political detainees who are held under the Internal Security Act.

We urge the Malaysian Government to abolish this draconian legislation and other similar laws which provide for detention without trial.

We urge the Malaysian Government to grant the request of the special representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Human Rights to conduct a fact-finding visit to Malaysia.

We call on the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) to raise the detention of TIAN CHUA at the 90th Session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva from 9th - 20th June 2002, where the Prime Minister of Malaysia will address the Conference.