Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ruili working conditions tough on Burmese women

24 February 2012
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Chinese border town of Ruili is booming – 

party because of Burmese working women – but the jobs are often 
hazardous, low paying and Burmese workers have no legal rights, 
according to a report by the Thailand-based Burmese Women’s Union (BWU).

more >>>>>>>>>

Japan close to approval of development loans for Burma

24 February 2012
(Mizzima) – Following the E.U. by a few months, Japan is expected to 
resume yen loans this spring for development projects in Burma, a senior 
government official told the Japanese media on Thursday.

Teenage Boys Tell of Forced Labor Horror

24 February 2012
LAIZA, Kachin State—The Burmese army is using underage boys for 
forced labour and is coercing porters to fight on the front line against 
the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), according to accounts given to 
The Irrawaddy by four teenagers who say they served as porters 
for the army.

Japan set to resume Burma loans

24 February 2012
Japan is moving to resume loans to Burma after a quarter of a century, 
a report said Thursday, the latest move by the world community to bring 
the country in from the cold.
Tokyo hopes to reach an agreement with Burma on a conditional resumption 
of the loans — to be used for infrastructure projects such as ports and railways 
— at a summit in late April, the Nikkei newspaper said.