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Freedom of Association (violations)
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Title: CEACR: Individual Observations concerning ILO Convention No. 87, Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise, 1948 - Myanmar (ratification: 1955)
Description/subject: From 1989...This page presents the Comments from 1989.
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Labour Office
Alternate URLs: http://webfusion.ilo.org/public/db/standards/normes/appl/appl-displayAllComments.cfm?hdroff=1&c...
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: US Department of Labor
Language: English
Format/size: Search for Burma
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Individual Documents

Title: Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2000: Freedom of Assembly and Association
Date of publication: October 2001
Description/subject: "There has been a notable absence of the freedoms of assembly and association during the time of military rule in Burma, especially since the 1988 coup and formation of the SLORC. Under the SPDC these freedoms have been further restricted. The International Labor Organization (ILO) Committee of Experts has criticized the lack of freedom of association in Burma for over 40 years. This was brought to the forefront in 2000, during the time of the ILO’s investigation into the forced labor situation of Burma, when the ILO Conference Committee on the Application of Standards again denounced Burma’s violation of Convention No. 87, which deals with the freedom of association. Labor unions, student unions and private civic associations are banned. No elections are scheduled; none seem likely..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights Documentation Unit, NCGUB
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: Yearbook main page: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/yearbooks/Main.htm
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: Forced Labour and Freedom of Association in Burma
Date of publication: 01 May 2001
Description/subject: in "Amnesty International's Concerns at the 89th International Labour Conference 5-21 June 2001, Geneva"
Language: English and Spanish
Source/publisher: Amnesty International
Format/size: html, pdf
Alternate URLs: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/IOR42/004/2001/en/f580f55f-d93b-11dd-ad8c-f3d4445c118e/ior4...
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/IOR42/004/2001/en/ff6e9d96-d93b-11dd-ad8c-f3d4445c118e/ior4... (Spanish)
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2010

Title: 2000 Report on Labor Practices in Burma: Update on Freedom of Association and the Right to Bargain Collectively
Date of publication: February 2000
Description/subject: "For over 40 years, the ILO has criticized the lack of freedom of association and collective bargaining in Burma. The United Nations, international trade unions, and other organizations have also continued to note failure on the part of the GOB to grant the people of Burma basic worker's rights. These failures include the continued non-recognition of independent trade unions by the Government (there are no independent trade unions operating openly in Burma), lack of legal status and protection for worker organizations, lack of collective bargaining mechanisms, and harassment and imprisonment of individuals suspected of worker's rights activities by government and military authorities..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: US Dept. of Labor
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.dol.gov/ilab/media/reports/ofr/burma2000/freedom.htm
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: 1998 Report on Labor Practices in Burma (Chapter 3) Freedom of Association and the Right to Organise and Bargain Collectively
Date of publication: September 1998
Description/subject: Freedom of Association and the Right to Organise and Bargain Collectively. "Burma ratified Convention 87 in 1955, and is bound as an ILO member to apply the principles of freedom of association. Burmese laws in place which should protect these rights are inconsistent with international standards, and are ignored in practice. There are no independent labor unions, and there is no right to collective bargaining. Workers who try to form or join unions in Burma are liable to be arrested and jailed, and may be tortured. Burmese seafarers who contact international unions over their working conditions are harassed and punished, including by having their right to work at sea and their passports revoked. Largely because there are no independent unions in Burma, there is no collective bargaining in the country. Military and civilian authorities intervened during a recent case of labor unrest in the apparel sector, the largest source of imports to the United States from Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of International Labor Affairs
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003