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Burmese Forced Labor Activists Released from Prison - 2004-10-27


A human rights group says Burma has released two men who were jailed for filing forced labor complaints against local officials.

The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission said Khin Zaw and Ohn Myint were recently released from a central Burmese prison after their fines were reportedly paid by members of Burma's military intelligence service.

The group says the two were arrested after accusing local authorities of forcing them to work. They were jailed earlier this month after declining to pay a fine for criminal defamation.

Burma's military government has long been accused of using forced labor.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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