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ILO Says Burma Must Do More to Get Rid of Forced Labor - 2003-03-11


An official with the International Labor Organization says Burma's military government still has not done enough to eliminate forced labor in that country.

Hong Trang Perret-Nguyen said in Bangkok Tuesday that in spite of serious and constant talks with leaders in Rangoon, the military government has failed to implement ILO recommendations.

She said one of those recommendations is to establish a credible system for verifying allegations of forced labor, and to prosecute offenders.

Forced labor in Burma typically involves working as a porter for soldiers or working on road and other construction projects. Many of the allegations are made against the army.

Burma has been widely condemned in the international community for its practice of forced labor. A 1998 investigation by the International Labor Organization found the practice was widespread and systematic, and often targeted ethnic minorities living in border regions.

The military government has said it is making progress in eliminating forced labor. It denies targeting ethnic minorities.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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