Nepal: All teachers' union leaders have been released but situation remains volatile

EI has received information from its members in Nepal that all teachers' union leaders have been released from detention - the last one being released on Feb 16. EI affiliates in Nepal - NTA, NNTA and TUN - thank all EI member organisations for their support. It is obvious that international pressure helped.

However, EI continues to monitor the situation. On 19 Feb, the teachers' unions will join other trade unionists and activists in a major demonstration calling for democracy in Nepal. Unions expect colleagues will be again arrested. For the time being, those confirmed as released are: Mr Keshav Bhattarai, President of TUN Mr Mohan Gyanwali, President of NTA Mr Bauram Thapa, Vice President of NNTA Mr Mahendra Sharma, member of TUN Mr Dandi Sharma, member of NNTA Ms Indira Sapkota, member of NTA EI is liaising with its affiliates in Nepal and with the ICFTU and other Global Union Federations active in Nepal, about further actions to support genuine trade union freedom in Nepal.