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Title: Myanmar ratifies the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
Date of publication: 19 December 2013
Description/subject: "On 18 December 2013, the Government of the Republic of Myanmar deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182). Myanmar is the 178th ILO member State to ratify this instrument, which calls for the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including slavery, trafficking, the use of children in armed conflict, the use of a child for prostitution, pornography and illicit activities (such as drug trafficking) as well as hazardous work..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Labour Organisation (ILO)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 01 July 2014

Title: ILO lifts remaining restrictions on Myanmar
Date of publication: 18 June 2013
Description/subject: GENEVA – In a historic move, delegates attending the International Labour Conference (ILC) have voted to lift all remaining ILO restrictions on Myanmar. The remaining restrictions, imposed by the Conference in 2000, included the need to discuss Myanmar’s application of the ILO Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No.29) at special sittings of the ILC, and a recommendation to ILO constituents to review their relations with the country. The ILC had already suspended some restrictions on Myanmar when it met last June. The ILO restrictions were initially introduced in 1999 and 2000. They were based on article 33 of the ILO Constitution, which the organization invoked for the first time in its history..."The restrictions were related to the country’s non compliance of the ILO Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No.29)..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Labour Organisation (ILO)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 01 July 2014

Title: Soldiers using forced labour to be prosecuted
Date of publication: 09 May 2012
Description/subject: "Burmese army personnel suspected of using forced labour will be prosecuted under civilian law, according to senior military chiefs who met with representatives from the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Rangoon last week. 'The Commander in Chief has given instruction that military personnel are similarly covered to all other persons by the law concerning forced labour,' said Steve Marshall during an interview with DVB. '[He] indicated that persons alleged to have utilised forced labour will be prosecuted under the penal code rather than military regulations....."
Author/creator: Hanna Hindstrom
Source/publisher: Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 May 2012

Title: ILO to begin work in ethnic conflict zones
Date of publication: 05 April 2012
Description/subject: "A UN body tasked with pushing for workers’ rights and an end to forced labour in Burma has been granted access to conflict zones in the country’s border regions that for years have been largely off-limits to international monitoring groups. The agreement means the International Labour Organization (ILO) becomes one of the first overseas bodies to begin sustained operations in the volatile areas where Burma’s government has been battling ethnic armies. To the surprise of many observers, the defence ministry, widely depicted as hostile to the nascent reform programme in Burma, has also endorsed the move, which comes amid a push by Naypyidaw to persuade rebels groups to sign ceasefires. Steve Marshall, head of the ILO office in Rangoon, says the ministry’s signature on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed in March is “very positive and very telling”, particularly given that the ILO will be directly addressing abuses carried out by the army. He adds that not only will the defence ministry give the green light for the ILO’s work in conflict zones, but that it “has agreed to be an active partner” in the application of plans laid down by the group..."
Author/creator: Francis Wade
Language: English
Source/publisher: Democratic Voice of Burma
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 April 2012

Title: Sanktionen zur Förderung von Frieden und Menschenrechten? Fallstudien zu Myanmar, Sudan und Südafrika
Date of publication: 2006
Description/subject: Eine kontroverse Diskussion zur Wirksamkeit internationaler Sanktionen (UNO; USA; EU; ILO) in Burma/Myanmar nach den Aufständen von 1988; der Einfluss Aung San Suu Kyis; die Rolle westlicher NGOs; Fallstudien zu Burma/Myanmar, Sudan, Südafrika A study on the efficacity of intnernational sanctions after the protests of 1988; the influence of Aung San Suu Kyi; the role of western NGOs; case studies of Burma/Myanmar, Sudan, South Africa
Author/creator: Sina Schüssler
Language: German, Deutsch
Source/publisher: Zentrum der Konfliktforschung der Philipps-Universität Marburg
Format/size: PDF (890k)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ssoar.info/ssoar/handle/document/11354
Date of entry/update: 21 September 2007

Title: Showdown Time - ILO sanctions loom as Burma spits defiance
Date of publication: March 2005
Description/subject: "Burma was on collision course in March with the one world organization that has the power to do real harm to Rangoon’s military regime. Days before the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization, or ILO, was slated to decide how to compel the regime to end its alleged widespread practice of forced labor, a senior government official in Rangoon told the organization in so many words: “Mind your own business.” ...Scenes like this anger the ILO... The confrontational statement, by Rangoon’s Labor Department Director-General Soe Nyunt, was sure to fire anger at the ILO session in Geneva, where members of the Governing Body were considering how to react to Rangoon’s earlier displays of non-cooperation and open defiance..."
Author/creator: Jim Andrews
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 13, No. 3
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 29 August 2005