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AFL-CIO URGES SANCTUARY FOR HAITIAN REFUGEES

 AFL-CIO URGES SANCTUARY FOR HAITIAN REFUGEES
 BAL HARBOUR, Fla., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The AFL-CIO called on


President Bush to reverse his policy forcing thousands of refugees to return to Haiti and to instead offer temporary shelter in the United States from the political terror in their homeland.
 "The AFL-CIO urges Congress to pass legislation to grant these refugees sanctuary," the executive council said, citing reports that the military coup in Haiti resulted in the death of hundreds and the imprisonment of thousands of Haitians. Union officials and activists in Haiti live in political terror and "have been killed, beaten or jailed."
 Repatriated Haitians have told United Nations representatives of harassment since their return, the AFL-CIO said, adding "there is no question that Haitian refugees are fleeing their country for more than the hope of attaining a higher standard of living."
 The federation also condemned the Bush administration's decision to life the economic embargo against Haiti's military regime -- lifted at the urging of U.S. corporate interests -- an action that weakens the embargo set by the Organization of American States "and strengthens the hand of Haiti's dictatorship. The president's action "represents an ill-conceived policy of punishing the victims while rewarding the tyrants," the AFL-CIO said.
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 /CONTACT: Candice Johnson of the AFL-CIO, 305-868-2446/ CO: AFL-CIO ST: Florida IN: SU:


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