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Kosovo union president arrested

30 March, 2012Mr. Hasan Abazi, President of the SPMK Industrial Union, was arrrested on March 28 in the Southern Serbia while travelling to Zagreb to attend a meeting of three European trade union federations, EMF, EMCEF, ETUF-TCL.

KOSOVO: The International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF) joined with European and global union partners in sending letters to the Serbian government demanding Mr. Hasan Abazi's immediate release and for all charges to be dropped.

The IMF is currently uncertainty as to where exactly Mr. Hasan Abazi is being held (possibly at the police station in Vranje) and also as to the exact nature of the charges against him.

In the letters the union federations particularly insist that charges must be dropped if they relate to past regimes or activities under those regimes.

The letter to Serbian authorities from the IMF was sent in conjunction with global unions International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM), and International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation is a Global Union Federation (ITGLWF).