By Jeremy Silva, ILRF Intern
Representatives from Central American labor and human rights organizations came to the U.S. on November 4th to testify in front of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of the Regional Campaign Against Labor Flexibility. At the hearing, the campaign presented various cases demonstrating a systematic assault on workers’ basic labor rights throughout Central America. Before testifying on Friday, nine representatives covering all 6 countries in Central America gathered last Thursday at the AFL-CIO to share their struggles and develop strategies for the region. The discussion was sponsored by the AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center, WOLA and the ILRF. While representatives detailed the unique cases of labor rights violations within their own countries, all agreed that a general failure to enforce labor rights existed throughout Central America as a result of almost universally deficient justice systems.