ACTION ALERT: Urgent Support Needed, MIGRANT WORKERS IN SOUTH KOREA FACING MASSIVE CRACKDOWN, ARREST, DEPORTATION AND SUPPRESSION
May we also strongly request you to participate in the Internationally Coordinated protest action to be held in front of Korean Embassies/Consulates in your country. We are suggesting you to join us on the simultaneous rally on the 26th of June.
Warm Greetings from Korea.
We would like to seek your support.
Equality Trade Union-Migrants Branch (ETU-MB), a union of migrants from different nationalities affiliated with the KCTU) is currently holding series of protest actions since March to oppose the on-going suppression and impending crackdown and deportation of migrant workers in South Korea. A sit-down protest is being held since April 28 by the members of the ETU-MB inside the Myedong Cathedral in Seoul to express opposition on the deportation policy of the Korean government to flush-out undocumented migrants and the suppression of migrants rights but the Police and the Immigration strongly harassing and threatening the members of the Union.
Similar protest actions at the South Korean Consulate/Embassy are also held in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Canada and Bangladesh last May 3, and 7.
Due to the series of mass-actions conducted by the ETU-MB with the Struggle Alliance with the local Korean workers, and the International protests abroad, the planned crackdown by the government was temporarily stopped. But we are anticipating a violent attack and a massive and intensive crackdown immediately after the World Cup ends. Please read the attached document or you can open our homepage for more background information on the Migrant workers struggle in Korea. http://www.base21.org/base21hot/migrant.html
The ETU-MB and the Struggle Alliance are up to intensify protest actions. This coming June 16 Sunday, we are going mobilize thousands of migrants and Koreans to demand Legalization and to oppose the impending crackdown.
Abroad, we are trying to seek your support to join us in protest to exert more pressures. Attached is the copy of the Struggle Declaration in support for our demands.
We encourage you/your organization to support this campaign. You can show your support and participate in this campaign through the following:
1. We request you/your organizations to send a reply to this e-mail to include your name as one of the signatories to the declaration. And please re-forward it to as many organizations and individuals as possible.
2. May we also strongly request you to participate in the Internationally Coordinated protest action to be held in front of Korean Embassies/Consulates in your country. We are suggesting you to join us on the simultaneous rally on the 26th of June.
3. If Possible please send a statement condemning the suppression of the migrants basic human rights which presupposes freedom of statement and organization while at the same time reiterating the demand for Genuine Legalization for undocumented migrants. Please send us it to office of President Kim Dae Jung and the Ministry of Justice and send us copy of the protest letter at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Kim Dae Jung
President of Republic of Korea
1, Sejong-no, Jongno-ku, Seoul, Republic of Korea 110-820
Mr. Choi Kyung-won
Minister of Justice
Republic of Korea
Mr. Lee Han-dong
Address: Central Government Complex 77-6, Sejongno Chongno-gu Seoul Korea
3. Signing and Forwarding the letter petition to be sent to the offices of the Ambassadors at the different Embassies of Migrants in South Korea or to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Fax: (82-2)-739-5370. Attached below is the copy of the Petition letter to the Korean government and addresses of Embassies. Please read the petition letter and we encourage you/your organization to co-sign the petition by replying to this e-mail. The petition letter together with your organization/individual name will be sent to Mr. Kim Dae Jung, President of the Republic of Korea and to Mr. Mr. Choi Kyung-won of the Justice Ministry.
Looking forward for your support and Long Live International Solidarity!!!
Committee for International Solidarity of the Struggle Alliance for Migrant Workers Struggle in Korea
Chung Patcha, (Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet)
Marlen Kim Obrero ( Equality Trade Union-Migrants Branch
Pyon Jeoung Pil (Korean Institute for Labor Studies and Policy)
Pictures of the third resolution demonstration of migrant workers in South Korea on June 16th
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