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ILO Report: The Burmese junta increases forced labour and child soldiers
50% increase in complaints of forced labour and more than half involving children and young people enrolled in the army. The military junta has inserted a provision in the Constitution that authorizes the use of civilians in the construction of roads, infrastructure, such as porters or minesweepers.
Child illiteracy and child labour are the continent's main social ills
One fifth of India's GNP is generated by exploited minors working in farming sector.
24/11/2009 MYANMAR – INDIA
Useless UN and ILO rituals bring no change, Burmese dissidents says
Tint Swe, a member of Burma’s government-in-exile, says that reports on forced labour and non-binding resolutions against the junta are ineffective tools against Myanmar’s military leadership. The support of China, India and Russia guarantee impunity to country’s junta. The people of Burma are under no illusions.
Child soldiers and opium cultivation, two faces of Burma’s dark pit
The authorities are recruiting children with money and food to fight rebels and use as security forces in next year’s elections. Surface used for opium cultivation increased by 50 per cent since 2006. With drug proceeds, rebels buy weapons.
Peasants forced to work for army
Soldiers are ordering residents of the three villages in Kachin state to repaid a road leading to Myitkyina and to clean up their military camp.
High-level ILO team cuts short Myanmar visit
The delegation leaves Yangon after failing to meet top generals on forced labour.
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