Factory worker jailed for 19 years after ILO report

Dec 9, 2008 (DVB), Kyi Myint Taing township court in Rangoon yesterday sentenced three people to between five and 19 years after they reported a labour rights issue to the International Labour Organisation, according to their families.

The three filed a report with the ILO last year after the A21 soap factory in Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone cut off its workers' salaries.

Khin Maung Cho (also known as Pho Toke), a worker at the soap factory, National League for Democracy member Nyo Win and Kan Myint were arrested on 2 August 2007 after they filed the report.

Khin Maung Cho’s wife Aye Mya Thida said her husband was sentenced to 19 years' imprisonment on four different charges including sedition, while Kan Myint was given 10 years on three different charges, and Nyo Win was jailed for five years on two charges.

Aye Mya Thida said her husband is still waiting to be sentenced under the Immigration Act for illegal border crossing.

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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