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2005 IUF Executive Committee Resolution on Democracy in Nepal

The IUF Executive Committee, meeting in Geneva on April 13-14, 2005

August 2004: Unions rally for peace, Kathmandu.

CONDEMNS the palace coup launched by King Gyanendra on February 1 2005 in declaring a State of Emergency, suspending Parliament and assuming all executive powers himself;

NOTES that by this declaration, all civil, democratic and fundamental rights (including trade union rights) under the Constitution have been suspended purportedly for three years;

FURTHER NOTES that this act places the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) which has the worst record of forced disappearances in the world in 2003 and 2004, at centre stage in political and social affairs;

EXPRESSES grave concern that many politicians and trade union leaders have been detained and democracy activists have been forced to go underground;

NOTES that this palace coup effectively strips workers of all labour and civil rights and forces trade unions in Nepal to cease activities at a time when jobs, job security, and working conditions are under threat owing to dire, unresolved economic and political problems;

DEMANDS that King Gyanendra immediately restore all civil democratic rights in Nepal, release forthwith all detained politicians and trade unionists and guarantee all basic trade union rights without any conditions;

NOTES that since the majority of Nepalese live outside the city of Kathmandu, any intensification of the civil war (which takes place largely in the countryside) will result in more death and destruction for rural habitants;

NOTES that the 9-year civil war between the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist, CPN-M) and the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) has already taken a heavy toll on the civilian population. The roots of the conflict are political, social and economic and these cannot be resolved via military means;

DEMANDS that both the RNA and the CPN-M immediately cease all acts of violence especially against the rural civilian population and commit to an early, genuine all-parties- negotiated political settlement;

REQUESTS all affiliates to call on their governments as well as international bodies including the United Nations and its related organizations to pressure the Nepalese king and RNA to restore democracy and begin negotiation with all political parties including the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) for peace and development in the country. All military aid to Nepal should be suspended;

CALLS on all affiliates to send protest letters to the Nepalese embassy in their countries in support of the immediate restoration of democracy in Nepal;

EXPRESSES its full solidarity with IUF affiliates as well as all workers in general in Nepal.

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