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TRADE UNIONISTS TO PROTEST MALAWI REPRESSION

 TRADE UNIONISTS TO PROTEST MALAWI REPRESSION
 WASHINGTON, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the AFL-CIO


Executive Council and union members from throughout the Washington metropolitan area will march Wednesday, May 6, at noon to the Embassy of Malawi to protest the arrest of internationally known human rights activist and trade union leader Chakufwa Chihana, president of the Southern African Trade Union Co-Ordination Council (SATUCC).
 The embassy is located at 2408 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington.
 Meeting Tuesday in Washington, the Executive Council adopted a statement condemning the Malawi government's detention of Chihana and calling for his immediate release.
 The AFL-CIO urged the U.S. government and the governments of all other developed countries to withhold economic assistance to Malawi until Chihana is released, repression ends, and current anti- democratic policies of the Banda regime are reversed.
 The labor federation pledged to work with the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) to press the Banda regime to end all violations of human, political and trade union rights. It also called on the United Nations and the International Labor Organization to maintain pressure for the unconditional release of those being detained.
 The AFL-CIO also announced it will press the U.S. Trade Representative to deny Malawi trade preferences under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).
 "In recent months, there has been encouraging progress toward democracy and human rights in a number of African countries. Yet under President Banda, Malawi has been strenuously resisting democratic change," the statement said. "Chihana -- who already has spent six years in prison -- and other trade unionists have been at the center of Malawi's movement for democracy. This is why the government has held them without charges since April 6, 1992," according to the statement.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick O'Farrell of the African American Labor Center, 202-789-1020, or James Parks of the AFL-CIO, 202-637-5022/ CO: AFL-CIO ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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