Responsibilities & Rights

Statement on the conclusions of the Special Sitting on continued Forced Labor in Myanmar
2012 June 07

FTUB welcomes the conclusions adopted by the Committee on the Application of Standards in its sitting to examine developments concerning the question of the observance by the Government of Myanmar of the Forced labor Convention No. 29 (1930). This is the first time that an agreement is reached between the constituents of the ILO and the Government of Myanmar. An agreement was reached but with the agreement that there was still a long ways to have total eradication of forced labor and that all parties can be helpful. The agreement was achieved due to the developments in Myanmar that fulfilled the recommendation underlined by the Committee of Experts to eradicate Forced labor since 1999, the main issue being the repealing of the Village and Towns Act of 1907 that allowed Forced Labor. It was enforced by the announcement by President U Thein Sein to totally eradicate Forced Labor and the orders were issued by the Commander in Chief that perpetrators of Forced Labor and underage recruitment within the military would be subject to section 347 under the Penal Code. The announcements of the Labor Organization Law and the Labor Organization Rules as well as registering trade unions locally also helped in the discussions. FTUB welcomes that the Committee "insisted that all social partners and civil society organizations would play an active role in prioritizing and assisting in the accelerated application of the elements in the (draft) plan most relevant to the immediate implementation of the Commission of Inquiry recommendations". FTUB also welcomes that the Committee "renewed its call for the continuation collaboration of all agencies in the United Nations system in the efforts for the effective elimination of forced labor in Myanmar. It once again called on all investors to ensure that their activity in Myanmar is not used to perpetrate or extend the use of forced labor but rather make a positive contribution to complete its eradication, in full respect for international labor standards, and recalled the availability of the ILO to provide appropriate support in this regard". FTUB also looks forward to being part of the education, awareness raising, monitoring and reporting mechanism on total eradication of forced labor as a reliable social partner.

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