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Burma Releases Labor Activist Under International Pressure


Burma's military government has released an activist who was jailed last year after drawing attention to labor abuses in the country.

Burmese officials said Sunday that lawyer Aye Myint was released from a prison in Bago, north of Rangoon, on Saturday.

In an interview Sunday with VOA's Burmese service, the International Labor Organization praised the move, calling it a positive development.

Last month, the United Nations agency threatened to impose sanctions over the detention, including taking the issue to the International Court of Justice.

It gave Burma's military junta until the end of July to release two activists who had been detained. The government freed one of the activists in June and announced a six-month moratorium on action against people who complain against labor abuses.

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