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Probe killing of labor leaders--Beltran

By Norman Bordadora
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:53:00 01/06/2008

Filed Under: Crime, Human Rights

MANILA, Philippines -- Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran has called on Congress to look into the killing and harassment of labor leaders in the country.

Beltran filed House Resolution 299 asking the House committees on civil, political and human rights and on labor and employment to investigate the predicament of trade union leaders, which he said was one of the most dangerous in the world.

Beltran said the 2007 annual survey of trade union rights violations released by the International Trade Union Confederation showed that 33 of the total 144 cases of trade union killings worldwide happened in the Philippines.

Beltran said the ITUC also reported more than 800 cases of beatings and torture of trade unionists in the country

?Labor leaders and activists in the Philippines are being killed, abducted and subjected to surveillance, harassment, intimidation and grave threats, particularly in Central Luzon,? Beltran said in a statement.

?These acts of rights violations against labor leaders and labor rights advocates are allegedly perpetrated by elements of the Armed Forces and the Philippine National Police, local police forces and private security forces,? he said.

?Despite strong pressure from the labor sector, the Department of Labor and Employment has not acted on these violations,? Beltran said.



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