Global Action against Burmese military Embassy
22 Arkana St , Yarralumla , Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Friday May 4, 1 pm
A Global Action against widespread human rights violations, including forced
labor in Burma.
The Global Action will be launched simultaneously in various parts of the
world on May 4, 2001 (Friday). We are launching this worldwide campaign
against the ruling military junta because:
More than 1,500 people, including at least 34 Members of Parliament, remain
imprisoned for political reasons.
Despite the August 2000 call for economic sanctions by the world's labor
body, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Burmese military
continue to use forced labor systematically on a large scale. Over two
million Burmese people have been subjected to forced labour.
"Men and women of all ages are forced to work against their will, including
children and elderly people. Women are particularly at risk. Incidents of
gang rape by soldiers are frequent, and many victims have been murdered
afterwards", says the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
The ICFTU has urged national and multinational companies trading with and/or
investing in Burma to withdraw as a matter of urgency because "it is
impossible to maintain business relations with Burma without directly or
indirectly supporting forced labor in Burma".
The ICFTU has called for an International Day of Union Action for Burma to
be organized on 1st May 2001 against the ruling military junta in Burma. The
Burmese democratic movement has responded with this Global Day of Action on
Ko Maung Maung Than - Central Coordinator, Free Burma Action Committee
Telephone: +61-2-96435646; mobile 0411337816
Jeremy Pyner - Secretary Australian Capital Territory-Trades and Labor