Friday, June 10, 2011

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi 's message to the ILC

Foreign investment soars to $20bn

Published: 10 June 2011
Figures released by the Burmese government this week show that foreign direct investment in the country has soared in the past year to nearly $US20 billion, dwarfing those for the two decades prior.
It comes as little surprise that the vast majority of the investments, measured up to March this year, were from China, with the mainland ploughing in some $US8.27 billion and Hong Kong adding $US5.39 billion. Thailand follows with $US2.49 billion, according to Burma’s Ministry of National Planning and Development.


Striking factory workers in Pegu win demands

Villagers forced to serve as human shields and porters by Burmese soldiers

Wednesday, 08 June 2011 21:35 Kun Chan
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – One day after two people were killed by masked gunmen in Three Pagoda Pass in Mon State on the Thai-Burmese border, Burmese government troops have reportedly forced villagers to serve as human shields and porters, according to local residents.  

On June 6, government troops of Infantry Unit No. 373 arrested 10 villagers from Myaingtharyar village located 16 miles (25.75 km) northwest of Three Pagoda Pass, and 24 villagers from Apalone village, forcing some villagers including women to serve as human shields and others to work as porters, according to villagers.


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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