We are publishing a statement calling for the release of all those arrested in Malaysia because of their cal for a free and fair elections. The IMT is adding its signature to this statement. The 6 activists arrested under emergency legislation are all leading figures of the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM, Socialist Party of Malaysia) including a member of parliament. Please read the statement and add your voice to the protest.

We recently highlighted the plight of the Dangote workers in Nigeria who were sacked last year for refusing to leave their union. [See Nigeria: Defend victimised Dangote Pasta workers!] In spite of extremely difficult conditions these workers have held out since last year in August, with no pay. They are paying a terrible price for their stand. Here a leader of these workers explains the situation they are in. The campaign has already had some positive effects, but they need the solidarity campaign to be stepped up further.

We call on all our readers to support the Public Campaign in defence of over 200 workers of Dangote Pasta at Ikorodu, Lagos (Nigeria) sacked for refusing to resign their membership of the in-house workers’ union since August 2010. We underline the fact that the main trade union organisers were severely beaten in the process and the families of these workers are suffering terribly as a consequence of these actions on the part of management.

The Hands Off Venezuela Britain national conference 2011 was a success, with some fifty delegates packed into the room at London’s ULU to hear speakers from Britain and Venezuela.

On 21st May the 2011 National Conference of Hands Off Venezuela in Britain will be taking place in London. Free to members, or join on the day, and hear speakers coming from Venezuela as well as debate and wider discussion in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution.

After almost two weeks of detention, Firas Ali was released from Muthanna Airport prison on the evening of Monday, 25 April. We would like to express special thanks to all those who in the campaign to free Firas Ali the youth leader of Tahrir Square in Baghdad Iraq,

The young activist of 25th February group, Ala'a Nabiel was released on Saturday, April 16, after  being arrested on Friday, April 8.

Firas Ali, an Iraqi political activist, was detained at the office of the Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions in Iraq, Baghdad, at about 2pm on 13 April. A protester, Haidar Shihab Ahmad Abdel Latif, is believed to have been detained on 1 April on Tahrir Square, Baghdad. Alaa Nabil, another youth leader of the February 25 Group, was also arrested on April 8, and remains in custody. It is feared that they and other detained activists are at high risk of torture.