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South Korea: Further information: Trade unionist still at risk of deportation: Michel Catuira

, Índice: ASA 25/003/2011

On 2 March the Seoul 12th Administrative Court issued a temporary injunction against the forcible deportation of Michel Catuira, President of the Seoul-Gyeonggi-Incheon Migrants’ Trade Union (MTU) in South Korea. However, the injunction will apply only until MTU’s appeal case against the cancellation of his visa status has been decided. Therefore, he remains at risk of deportation.

Further information UA: 34/11 Index: ASA 25/003/2011 South Korea Date: 09 March 2011
URGENT ACTION
TRADE UNIONIST STILL AT RISK OF DEPORTATION
On 2 March the Seoul 12
th
Administrative Court issued a temporary injunction against the
forcible deportation of Michel Catuira, President of the Seoul-Gyeonggi-Incheon Migrants’ Trade
Union (MTU) in South Korea. However, the injunction will apply only until MTU’s appeal case
against the cancellation of his visa status has been decided. Therefore, he remains at risk of
deportation.
On 2 March the Seoul 12
th
Administrative Court ruled in favour of MTU President and Filipino national, Michel
Catuira, issuing an injunction against the cancellation of his permission to change workplace, the cancellation of his
visa and the order to leave the country by 7 March. Michel Catuira was notified of this cancellation by the Korea
Immigration Service on 14 February. The temporary Court injunction applies until his appeal against the Korea
Immigration Service’s measures is decided.
The Administrative Court is expected to begin hearing the case in late March, during which both Michel Catuira and
the Immigration authorities will testify. This process is likely to take about a month.
Even though the injunction postpones the order to leave the country while his case is being heard, Catuira remains
at risk of deportation if the appeal is denied by the Administrative Court. There are also fears that the injunction may
not effectively prevent the Immigration Services from going ahead with the deportation. In 2008 the then President
of the MTU Torna Limbu and Vice President Abdus Sabur, were forcibly deported despite a call by the National
Human Rights Commission of Korea for a stay of deportation until it could investigate allegations of abuse during
the arrest.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in English, Korean or your own language, urging the authorities of South Korea to:
Respect the injunction to halt all immigration measures while Michel Catuira’s appeal is being heard. This
includes restoring Michel Catuira’s permission to change workplace and visa status and refraining from executing his
deportation order;
Immediately stop all practices which result in obstacles or deterrents for migrant workers to actively participate in
trade unions;
Immediately remove obstacles preventing migrant workers from participating in the Seoul-Gyyeonggi-Incheon
Migrants’ Trade Union (MTU), in particular by recognizing its status as a legal union in South Korea in line with
domestic and international law and standards.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 19 APRIL 2011 TO:
Chief Commissioner of the Korea
Immigration Service
SEOK Dong-hyun
Korea Immigration Service
1-19 Gwacheon, NC Building 8
th
Floor
Byeolyang-dong, Gwacheon
Gyeonggi Province 427-705
Republic of Korea
Fax: +82-2-500-9097/9059
Salutation: Dear Commissioner
Minister of Justice
LEE Kwi-nam
Ministry of Justice
Gwacheon Government Complex
88 Gwanmoon-ro, Gwacheon
Gyeonggi Province 427-720
Republic of Korea
Fax: +82-2-503-3532/7023
Email: webmaster@moj.go.kr
Salutation: Dear Minister
And copies to:
Minister of Employment and Labour
BAHK Jae-wan
Ministry of Employment and Labour
Gwacheon Government Complex
88 Gwanmoon-ro, Gwacheon
Gyeonggi Province 427-718
Fax: +82-2-503-6623
Email: molab506@moel.go.kr
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above
date. This is the first update of UA 34/11. Further information: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA25/001/2011/en
FU UA 34/11 Index: ASA 25/003/2011 South Korea

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