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International Labor Organization Criticizes Forced Labor in Burma


The International Labor Organization says forced labor continues to be widespread in Burma, despite calls for the military government there to halt the practice.

In a report presented Saturday to the annual ILO conference in Geneva, the organization's Committee of Experts said it has been eight years since the ILO issued labor recommendations to Burma. While the committee noted some movement in the
right direction, it said none of the recommendations has been implemented.

The committee said it has received current reports of extensive forced labor in Burma.

The ILO said Burmese authorities need to immediately enter into discussions to establish a credible mechanism for dealing with reports of forced labor.

An ILO statement said the annual conference also will consider worldwide efforts to end child labor, and will discuss occupational safety and health.

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