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25 Mar 2022

Simon Glover, EcoTextile

Myanmar: ILO to establish an inquiry into the decline of workers' rights in Myanmar incl. freedom of association & the right to organise

"ILO launches worker rights inquiry in Myanmar", 25 March 2022

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has decided to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the decline of workers' rights in Myanmar since the military coup of February 2021.

The Commission of Inquiry will investigate the non-observance of international labour standards on freedom of association, the right to organise and to prevent forced labour...

The resolution adopted by the ILO's governing body noted “the escalation of large-scale lethal violence against civilians, including children” and called on the military to end such action immediately.

A Commission of Inquiry is the ILO’s highest-level investigative procedure and is set up when a member state is accused of persistent and serious violations and has repeatedly refused to address them. To date, 14 Commissions of Inquiry have been established.

Consisting of three independent members, who are yet to be appointed, the Commission of Inquiry will carry out a full investigation to ascertain the facts of the case and make recommendations on measures to be taken...