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Panama: Unions condemn "violent repression" of protests by banana & construction workers against new anti-union law

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3 August 2010

IACHR Expresses Concern over Deaths and Injuries during Demonstrations in Panama

Author: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses its concern about the serious acts of violence that occurred during a demonstration on July 8, 2010, in Changuinola, Bocas del Toro, Panama...workers from banana plantations...called a general strike beginning July 2, 2010, to protest the approval of Law 30...The information available indicates that on July 8, a demonstration—organized as part of a protest against certain aspects of the law related to labor union rights and the right to strike—was suppressed by security forces, leaving several persons dead, more than a hundred injured, and another hundred detained...The Inter-American Commission reminds the Panamanian State of its duty to control demonstrations within the framework of respect for inter-American human rights standards.

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13 July 2010

Wave of anti-union repression in Panama

Author: International Trade Union Confederation

According to information received by the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation), several acts of repression took place on 8 July in the [Bocas del Toro] Province, in which six people lost their lives. These unacceptable acts were targeted against banana workers and construction workers from the Panama Canal in Colón. Leaders of...trade unions were arrested. The striking workers were protesting against the decision by the Government of Panama to impose Law 30, which undermines fundamental rights, such as the right to strike and freedom of association.

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