Thursday, December 6, 2007

Helping Update

There are no public email addresses for government officials, so faxing is still the only way to go. But if you can't get to a fax machine for international purposes, by all means please send a letter to KCTU and let them know you sent it directly to them and they should forward it to the Korean government. It's better than nothing. So here's the sample letter one more time, along with KCTU's email and the MOJ's fax number.

Minister of Justice: Minister Jung Seong-Jin +82-2-503-3532 or +82-2-500-9128.

Sample Letter:
Mr. Jung Seong-Jin
Minister of Justice
Seoul, South Korea

Dear Minister Jung,

On the morning of November 27 between 9:00 and 9:30, the president, vice president and general secretary of the KCTU affiliate, Seoul-Gyeonggi-Incheon Migrants’ Trade Union, were arrested, each in front of his separate home or workplace. This event has already received international attention. It is clear from the form in which the arrests took place that this was a targeted crackdown meant to silence MTU and the opposition struggle it has lead against the anti-human rights crackdown being carried out against undocumented migrants in South Korea.

That this was a meditated act of repression is also apparent from the fact that the arrests came at the same time as the South Korean Immigration Control Office is stepping up its crackdown and a proposal is being put forth the revise immigration law to make it possible to carry out the crackdown continuously with complete disregard for the most basic procedures to protect human rights.The arrests of the MTU leadership is a gross violation of human rights and a horrendous act of labor repression which targets not only migrant workers and MTU but also the KCTU, the 15 million workers it represents and the international labor community.

As such, we will not remain silent.We therefore forcefully call on you to meet the following demands:

-Immediately release President Kajiman, Vice President Raju and General Secretary Masum!
-Stop the targeted crackdown and labor repression against MTU!
-Stop the crackdown and deportation of undocumented migrant workers!


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