Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

December 09, 2010 11:21 ET

Media Advisory: CLC to Present 'Sanctions-Busting Salary' to Abousfian Abdelrazik

Symbolic action for International Human rights Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2010) - The Canadian Labour Congress will present funds raised from the labour movement to Abousfian Abdelrazik as a symbolic action on International Human Rights Day on Friday, December 10th.

Abdelrazik, a Canadian, returned 16 months ago after six years in exile in Sudan, including a year in which he was trapped within the Canadian consulate in Khartoum. Abdelrazik's story of detention and torture overseas created a scandal until a strongly-worded Federal Court decision ordered the government to bring him home. 

Abdelrazik has never been charged with any crime but his name remains on a UN Security Council "black list" which imposes sanctions on individuals, including an international travel ban and a freeze of assets. In Canada, under the terms of the sanctions, a donation or payment of a salary to Abdelrazik could be considered illegal. The CLC, several affiliate unions and labour councils challenged those sanctions by hiring Abdelrazik to undertake a speaking tour to tell his story. His five-city tour of Western Canada occurred between November 17-23. The CLC will now hand over the sanctions-busting salary to Abdelrazik during a CLC-sponsored human rights conference called Rise Up for Your Rights.

WHO: Abfousian Abdelrazik
WHAT: Presentation of salary as symbolic action
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Friday, December 10, 2010
WHERE: Westin Hotel, Ottawa
  Provinces/Confederation Ballrooms foyer – level 4

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site:

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