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Rights Group Urges Indonesia to Protect Detained Burmese - 2004-10-03


An international labor-rights group has asked Indonesia not to deport six Burmese nationals being detained by Indonesian immigration authorities.

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions says the the six were detained in August on the Indonesian island of Tual for not having valid passports. The group says the six had been given Thai passports in order to work on a Thai-owned fishing vessel, but it is believed their passports were confiscated by the vessel's owners.

The group says it is concerned the six may be deported to Burma, where they could face human-rights abuses. It called on Indonesia to do what it can to protect their rights.

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