October 20: Burmese authorities had sued some villagers of Ngapyin, Aunglan (Allen) Township, Pegu Division in central Burma, for allegedly reporting ‘false’ news to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in connection with the death of Win Lwin during a forced labour session.

On 8 December 2004, local authorities forced Ngapyin villagers including Win Lwin to repair a road connecting Ngapyin to Rangoon-Prome motorway. Win Lwin was killed by an avalanche of stones. His family reported the incident to the ILO and Labour Ministry at Rangoon in February 2005. The brothers of Win Lwin and some villagers of Ngapyin were later forced to state by the authorities concerned that they willingly took part in forced labour practice.

Aunglan Township National League for Democracy (NLD) member Zaw Htay told DVB that he and two other villagers named Than Zan and Aung Than Tun, were sent a summon letter on 14 October informing them that they are to be sued for sending untrue reports to the ILO. The letter was sent to them by Aunglan Township court judge Khin Khin Swe and the litigant is Thayet District chief of police Sein Win.

The latest lawsuit came after another NLD youth leader and human rights activist, Su Su Nway of Htan Manaing Village in Rangoon Kawmoo Township was sent to prison recently by the authorities, in revenge for successfully suing them over forced labour practices.