Burma's military government has criticized the International Labor Organization, accusing the United Nations agency of interfering with Burma's internal affairs.
The director of Burma's labor ministry, Director General Soe Nyunt, told reporters Tuesday that allegations that Rangoon allows forced labor are based on false accounts from exiled dissident groups.
The ILO has threatened to impose sanctions on Rangoon if it does not crack down on the practice. Soe Nyunt said Tuesday that such actions go beyond the boundaries of the UN charter.
An ILO delegation sent to Burma last month abruptly cut its trip short in late February after failing to meet with top government leaders. The delegation is due to report to the ILO governing body this month.