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UN Labor Agency Says Forced Labor Still Rampant In Burma


The International Labor Organization says Burma's military-run government continues to force its citizens to perform labor against their will.

In its report on forced labor practices worldwide, the agency said Burma remains a "special case" because of the continuing involvement of the military in such abuses.

The U.N. agency said it has established a permanent office in Burma to address the problem, but there is no political will to clamp down on the military and local officials who profit from forced labor.

It cited several incidents where citizens were forced into the military, entire villages were required to fulfill quotas in military-run industries, and farmers were forced to cultivate land that the military had confiscated.

The organization said Burma has passed laws against such practices, but they have not been effectively enforced.

Information for this report is provided by Reuters.

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