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Charges Dropped Against Hassan Juma'a Awad



VICTORY !!!  CHARGES HAVE BEEN DROPPED !!!

Sisters and Brothers:

We received this message in Arabic from Hassan Juma'a Awad, President of the Iraq Federation of Oil Unions.  This is a machine translation, which is far from precise, but the underlying message is clear: the charges against him have been dropped.

In the name of God the merciful, and tell the truth and the falsehood that the falsehood was zhoka on 7/1/2013* that historic day where the judge decided the misdemeanor charges against heroes of Basra and innocence about me and close the proceedings against me by the oil Ministry, thank all the brothers and sisters of the trade unions and civil society organizations, international organizations and international activists who stood with me and follow the case from the moment the first forayed into the Court and I was convinced of the Justice of the Iraqi judiciary which considered the case very carefully. It was a brave decision taken today is the Court lived alone Iraq workers ashandal workers

Hassan jumaa Awad, President of the Federation of oil unions.
 
* This also happens to be his birthday.

This victory would not have been possible without the concerted international solidarity campaign, which drew support from an unprecedented array of international and national labor federations, national unions, local and regional labor organizations and allied NGOs (listed below). 

This is a great victory, but it is one battle in a larger class conflict in Iraq and internationally. 

We need to continue our efforts to secure basic rights for the working people of Iraq.  There will be other targets of employer and state repression who will need our support.  So we need to formalize our effort and establish a way for our organizations (and others) to contribute financially to support the solidarity effort.  USLAW, Solidarity Center, and the Iraq Civil Society Solidarity Initiative will continue to work together to further this effort.

USLAW underwrote most of Brother Juma'a's legal expenses.  You can help replenish the Solidarity Fund with a donation.  Every dollar contributed to this fund supports the international solidarity work of USLAW.

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International solidarity efforts for Hassan Juma Awad and the oil workers of Iraq must continue.
Charges on Hassan Juma'a were dropped today
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1st of July 2013

The hearing today didn't last long.  In 30 minutes the court decided to drop the charges against Hassan Juma'a. 

Today the company lawyer and the prosecutor repeated the accusation against Hassan but at the same time confirmed that there were no damages caused by Hassan's activities. The prosecutor asked to close the case and drop the charges. Hassan's lawyer didn't need to present his defense and didn't expect the prosecutor would drop the charges. 

We still don't have the formal decision; usually the written decision comes later. The South Oil Company can appeal the decision but there is no longer a formal proceeding pending against Hassan Juma'a! 

Hassan's union will send a letter soon.

Congratulations !

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List of Organizations that signed the International Solidarity Letter 
National and International Unions and Labor Federations
No. Name Country 
1 AFL-CIO [American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations] USA
2 Batay Ouvriye Haiti
3 Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, IBT USA
4 Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, AEGC USA 
5 Central Única dos Trabalhadores [CUT] Brazil
6 Confédération des Syndicats Autonomes Senegal
7 Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT) France
8 Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro [CGIL] Italy
9 Confederazione dei Comitati di Base [COBAS] Italy
10 CNT Solidarité Ouvrière France
11 DISK Turkey
12 Fédération Générale des Postes et Télécommunication et centre d'appel (FGPTT UGTT) Tunisia
13 Federation of Workers' Councils and Unions in Iraq [FWCUI] Iraq
14 Federazione Impiegati e Operai Metallurgici-CGIL Italy
15 General Federation of Iraqi Workers [GFIW] Iraq
16 GMB Trade Union England
17 International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots USA
18 International Trade Union Confederation [ITUC] International
19 International Transport Workers' Federation International
20 Interregional Trade Union of Autoworkers Russia
21 MCTU Malawi
22 National Gathering of Farmers of the Morocco Union for Labor Morocco
23 National Union of Journalists UK
24 Norwegian Transportworkers Union, Oslo Norway
25 Organisation Générale Indépendante des Travailleurs, Travailleuses d'Haïti (OGITH) Haiti
26 Organization of Construction Workers in Kurdistan Iraq
27 Or.S.A.- Ferrovie Italy
28 Service Employees International Union [SEIU] USA
29 Sud Aerien France
30 Sugar Workers Federation of Peru [PACD] Peru
31 Syndicat Snapap Algerie Algeria
32 Textile Workers Union Iran
33 Trade Union Congress [TUC] UK
34 Transport Salaried Staffs' Association UK
35 Transport Workers Union Australia
36 Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians UK
37 Union Syndicale Solidaires France
38 UNISON UK
39 UNITE UK
40 United Steelworkers USA
41 United Transportation Union USA

Local Unions
1 AK Internationalismus der IG Metall Berlin, IGM Germany
2 Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO USA
3 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, Retirees Chapter 36 USA
4 American Federation of Teachers, Local 2026, AFL-CIO USA
5 American Federation of Teachers, Local 2121, AFL-CIO USA
6 American Federation of Teachers, Local 3220, AFL-CIO USA
7 American Postal Workers Union, Local 10 USA
8 Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, Seattle Chapter USA
9 Berkeley Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1078, AFL-CIO USA
10 California Federation of Teachers USA
11 Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, Local 1180 USA
12 Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario [ETFO] Canada
13 Engineering Professions Union-Southern Electricity Sector-Basra Iraq
14 Faculty and Staff Federation of the Community College of Philadelphia, AFT 2026 USA
15 IndustriALL affiliates in Middle East and North Africa Iraq
16 International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 340 USA
17 Kurdistan Construction Workers Organization(KCWO) Kurdistan/Iraq
18 Local 510 Sign Display & Allied Crafts USA
19 Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO USA
20 Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO USA
21 Merseyside TUC   UK
22 Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council USA
23 National Association of Letter Carriers Branch, 1563 USA
24 Office and Professional Employees Int'l Union Local 2, AFL-CIO USA
25 NJ State Industrial Union Council USA
26 Pennsylvania Federation BMWE, Division of the Teamsters USA
27 Philadelphia Coalition of Labor Union Women, AFL-CIO USA
28 Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 393 in San Jose, CA. USA
29 Public and Commercial Services Union [PCS] UK
30 TUC, Merseyside UK
31 SEIU, Local 503, Oregon USA
32 South Carolina AFL-CIO USA
33 South Central Federation of Labor, Madison, Wisconsin USA
34 UCW-CWA [United Campus Workers] Local 3865 USA
35 Unione Sindacale di Base P.I. giunta Regione Lombardia Italy
36 Unison UK - Branch 3480 UK
37 United Auto Workers, Local 2320, Southeast Region USA
38 United Steelworkers Local 675 USA
39 Unite the Union, Branch EM/10-465 UK
40 Unite the Union, Branch LE128 UK
41 Unite the Union, Branch SE202 UK
42 Unite the Union, Branch 939 UK
43 UPTE-CWA [University Professional & Technical Employees] 9119, AFL-CIO USA
44 Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO USA

NGOs
1 Al Salam Iraq
2 Alliance for Global Justice USA
3 Alliance for Peace & Justice of Western Massachusetts USA
4 Alternatives International Canada
5 ARCI [Associazione Ricreativa e Culturale Italiana] Italy
6 Azidi solidarity and fraternity league   Iraq
7 Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice USA
8 Bund for Soziale Verteidigung Germany
9 cait ni cadlaig UK
10 Campaign Against Criminalising Communities UK
11 Campaign for Labor Rights USA
12 Center for Constitutional Rights USA
13 Citizens' Coalition for Equal Access [CC=A] USA
14 Counterfire UK
15 Defending Dissent Foundation USA
16 Ecumenical Peace Institute/Clergy and Laity Concerned USA
17 The Free University of Liverpool UK
18 Greater New Haven Peace Council USA
19 Haiti Action Committee USA
20 Haldane Society UK
21 Ibn Khaldun Institute Poland
22 ILWU PCPA Seattle Pensioners' Club USA
23 Iraq 2020 Assembly Iraq
24 Iraq Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) International/Iraq
25 Iraq Veterans Against the War USA
26 Iraqi Association for Human Rights in Basra Basra
27 Jobs with Justice USA
28 Jubilee Debt Campaign UK
29 Kurdistan Without Genocide Iraq
30 Labor Beat Chicago USA
31 LabourNet Germany Germany
32 Manawatu Employment Action Group New Zealand
33 Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition, Los Angeles USA
34 MENA Solidarity UK
35 Migrant Media UK
36 Miria Bisi
Per la liberta' di espressione ed organizzazione. Italy
37 NJ Progressive Democrats USA
38 No Sweat UK
39 NO TO WAR - Denmark Denmark
40 Oakland Education Association USA
41 PDA Illinois - Chicago USA
42 Peace Action USA
43 Peace Action Montgomery USA
44 Peter Tatchell Foundation UK 
45 Platform London UK
46 Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq Iraq
47 Progressive Democrats of America USA
48 Rete Romana di Solidarietà con il Popolo Palestinese Italy
49 September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows USA
50 Solidarity Australia
51 S. P. NGOs Council Iraq
52 Stop the War Coalition UK
53 Tammuz Organization Iraq
54 Texas Labor Against the War USA
55 Ther Development Center Iraq
56 Time Center Iraq
57 Tolerancy International Iraq
58 Trade Unionists in Solidarity with Colombia USA
59 Un Ponte Per… [UPP] Italy
60 U.S. Labor Against the War [USLAW] USA
61 U.S. Labor for Friendship with Cuba USA
62 Vancouver for Peace USA
63 United for Peace and Justice [UFPJ] USA
64 War on Want UK
65 War Resisters League USA
66 Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice USA
67 Womens International League for Peace and Freedom USA
68 Working Democracy of Minneapolis, MN USA

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