Friday, June 10, 2011

Forced labour complaints on the rise in Burma, says ILO

Thursday, 09 June 2011 12:53 Thea Forbes 
Chiang Mai (Mizzima)  – The International Labour Organization (ILO) office in Burma has seen a dramatic rise in complaints about forced labour owing to increased public awareness about the problem, Agence France-Presse has reported. The ILO has received 506 complaints of forced labour since the start of 2010, AFP reported.

‘The number of complaints received continues to increase reflecting increased awareness of the law and rights under the law as well as increased confidence to complain’, Steve Marshall, the ILO liaison officer in Rangoon told Mizzima in March.

The ILO has received 749 complaints since its forced labour complaint mechanism and office was established in the country in February 2007, according to AFP.

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