Human Rights Are Not High Treason! We Petition for the Release of Black Trade Unionists Imprisoned in South Africa

by Hawaii Committee for Africa
with Labor Committee Against Apartheid, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Undated, presumably Fall 1985
1 page
Type: Petition
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Petition by the New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) reprinted by the Hawaii Committee for Africa. The petition says we demand the immediate and unconditional release of Thozamile Gqweta, Cisa Njikelana, Sam Kikine, lsaac Ngcobo four Black leaders of the South African Allied Workers Union who have been framed on charges of high treason, punishable by death; their only "crime" has been to organize trade unions and protests against the racist system of apartheid. The petition says we also demand an end to the violence against Black trade unionists such as that which took the life of Andries Raditsela, an official of the Chemical Workers Industrial Union, who died after being beaten in police custody. The petition says we further demand that the U.S. government break all diplomatic, trade and economic relations with South Africa unless the prisoners are released and this violence against trade unionists ends.
Used by permission of former members of the Hawaii Committee for Africa.
Collection: Hawaii Committee for Africa (Renee Furuyama & Joel Fischer collection)