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Myanmar acting to cut forced labour: International Labour Organisation

Published on Nov 12, 2012 7:00 PM

YANGON (AFP) - The International Labour Organisation (ILO) said on Monday that Myanmar appears to have clamped down on its use of forced labour and child soldiers, although complaints continue despite government vows to end the practices.

The army, long accused of grave human rights abuses during almost half a century of junta rule, has issued orders banning troops from impelling civilians to work in conflict zones, the ILO said in a report.

It said this move, among other positive steps by Myanmar's reformist regime, showed "a significant degree of commitment by all parties" to put into place an action plan to end forced labour by 2015.

"The feedback from communities nationwide indicates that the actual incidence of the use of forced labour continues to diminish," the ILO said, adding that communities "are increasingly comfortable with raising incidents directly with the responsible authority".

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