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CUPE is joining hundreds of other organizations and individuals to urge Canada’s Prime Minister to immediately and publicly condemn President, General Pervez Musharraf for his recent dictatorial actions.

CUPE National President Paul Moist urged Stephen Harper in  a letter 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 agrees with the International the Trade Union Confederation’s call for the immediate restoration of the rule of law, Pakistan’s constitution and the fundamental democratic rights of its people.

CUPE also supports the petition condemning Musharraf for the house arrest of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commissioner, Asma Jahangir who 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.”