Bahrain has denied entry visas to representatives of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and International Labour Organization (ILO). The representatives were due to attend the annual Congress of the Bahraini union federation, the GFBTU.
Banning international trade union visitors is an attempt by the regime in Bahrain to cut its union movement off from international support and solidarity, and to attempt to hide from the world the terrible violations of trade union rights that have become the norm in that country.
Last year thousands of workers in Bahrain were fired for belong to a union or expressing a political opinion.
For background information on the situation in Bahrain, see this Solidarity Center report.
Read the ITUC statement here.
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