13 TRADE UNIONISTS IN INDIA FACING DEATH SENTENCES OR LIFE IMPRISONMENT !
International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation, For a Workers' International, 14 March 2017 with additional document in English avec document supplementaire en francais
The workers and trade union activists at the Maruti-Suzuki, Manesar factory, an Indian arm/plant of the Japanese Suzuki multinational corporation, who were arrested and charged in connection with the incidents that took place at this factory in 2012, in which a factory manager died, have just been tried in court. 117 of them were acquitted and 31 were convicted of various offenses, including 13 who were convicted of murder -- which in India is PUNISHABLE by DEATH OR LIFE IMPRISONMENT.
FINALITY OF THIS QUANTUM OF PUNISHMENT WILL BE OUT ON MARCH 17.
Of the 13 convicted of murder -- convictions in which no evidence was produced to prove their guilt --
11 were leaders of the MSWU, the independent union that was formed in Maruti and that management sought to break through violence.
There is not a moment to lose.
We must mobilise immediately to GET JUSTICE FOR ALL CONVICTED MARUTI WORKERS AND MORE PARTICULARLY save the 13 !
In the best traditions of international working class solidarity, it is up to the workers' movement in each country
to determine the forms they deem best to address the Indian authorities as soon as possible to demand:
SAVE THE LIVES OF THE MARUTI 13!
FREEDOM FOR ALL THE IMPRISONED WORKERS!
DROP ALL THE CHARGES!
On behalf of the International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation, For a Workers' International