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Leading Trade Union Group Blasts Rangoon for Forced Labor - 2002-10-21


The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions says it wants foreign investment in Burma to be cut in an effort to curb the use of forced labor there.

The trade union presented a report today (Monday) just before the European Union's general council was to meet to evaluate progress on political reform and human rights in Burma. Economic sanctions against Burma could be eased if the council determines progress has been made.

A Free Trade Unions spokesman (James Lorenz) says easing sanctions would send the wrong signal to Rangoon. Instead -- he said -- the EU should take a tougher stance with Burma.

Information for this report is provide by VOA correspondent Ron Corben.

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