We have recently received from Labour Friends of Iraq the following communication about threats made to Nozad Ismail, President of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions in Kirkuk.
We have asked the LFIQ for more information about these attacks and will post them when they are received.
December 22, 2004
Urgent Global Labour Alert issued by Labour Friends of Iraq
We are appealing to the international labour movement to help avert the assassination of a trade union leader, 40 year
old Nozad Ismail who is the President of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions in Kirkuk.
Nozad has already survived two assassination attempts this year at the hands of the so-called 'resistance'.
He receives daily death threats.
The only weapon we have to help Nozad is publicity. We aim to make the cost of murdering him too high by publicising his case and demanding the resistance stop intimidating him and threatening his life.
There is no single authority upon which we can place demands or focus pressure.
The people who wish to kill Nozad don't organise openly. This appeal is, therefore, different from
cases where someone has been imprisoned but is no less urgent.
What you can do:
Pass this motion in your party or union branch and tell the local newspapers.
This (union branch/party branch/CLP) notes that Nozad Ismail, the President of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions in Kirkuk has twice survived assassination attempts by the so-called resistance and is subject to daily death threats. We call upon the international labour movement to extend solidarity to Nozad in the hope that these acts of solidarity and resulting publicity may make the cost of murdering him too high. We believe that increased solidarity with Iraqi democrats like Nozad will also contribute to the success of the forthcoming elections which can secure a sovereign and democratic Iraqi government, which can best tackle the so-called resistance, from which these threats emanate.
Tell us that you support this initiative – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - and we will collate the lists and use it to focus maximum international attention. We will pass all motions and expressions of support to Nozad
Added 29th December 2004
Comrades will see from Janine's comments below that the AWL would not agree with the sentiments of the last sentence regarding the
likely 'success' of the Iraqi elections. Nevertheless comrades might like to raise the issue of solidarity with Nozad using different formulations.
We still await further information regarding Nozad's circumstances and will post them when received.