OTTAWA, Nov. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE) is joining hundreds of other organizations and individuals in urging
Canada's Prime Minister to immediately and publicly condemn President, General
Pervez Musharraf for his recent dictatorial actions.
Paul Moist, CUPE national president speaking on behalf of the
560,000 members across Canada, urged Stephen Harper to "take the action
necessary to ensure that the people of Pakistan, and the thousands of
Pakistani-Canadians who are watching in fear, can have hope that their loved
ones will be safe."
CUPE is in concurrence with International the Trade Union Confederation's
decision to call for the immediate restoration of the rule of law, Pakistan's
constitution and the fundamental democratic rights of its people.
CUPE is also supporting the petition condemning Musharraf for the house
arrest of Pakistan's Human Rights Commissioner, Asma Jahangir who, himself has
asked the US "to stop all support" to Musharraf's regime to avoid "a worse
form of civil strife."
"Canada," says Moist, "should heed this advice as well."
For further information:
For further information: Paul Moist, CUPE national president, (613)
558-2873; Louise Leclair, national communications director, (613) 237-1590