The International Labor Organization says forced labor remains widespread in Burma.
Speaking in Bangkok today (Wednesday), ILO Executive Director Kari Tapiola accused Burma's military government of doing little to crack down on forced labor. He said while some improvements have been made, the situation in Burma remains bad and continues to be serious.
The agency has tried to work with Burma's military government on an action plan to end forced labor in the country.
But the ILO suspended work on the plan following last May's arrest of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as the death sentences handed down last November to three Burmese citizens for having contacts with the ILO.
Burma recently commuted the death sentences to prison terms. Information for this story is provided by AP and AFP.