Fri 30 Jun 2006
Filed under: Inside Burma,News
Military-run Myanmar on Friday condemned the United States for using the United Nations to increase international pressure against the nation, one of the world’s most isolated and poorest countries.
The junta accused Washington, which it refers to as “a certain Western power”, of also using “expatriates and fugitives” to oust the ruling military government, the official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.
“At the same time, it is using the UN Security Council and the International Labor Organization as a means to attack the ruling government with slanders backed by the perpetration falsely portraying Myanmar’s objective conditions,” it said.
The United States, a vocal critic of Myanmar, is pursuing an unprecedented UN Security Council resolution calling on the junta to change its repressive policies, including the house arrest of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.
Myanmar in May extended her detention for another year, defying an international outcry demanding the release of the 61-year-old Nobel peace laureate.
The United States also imposed economic sanctions on Myanmar, while the State Department branded the military-run nation as among the world’s worst offenders for trafficking in humans. The military has ruled Myanmar since 1962.
Meanwhile, the International Labour Organization gave Myanmar until July 31 to release anyone jailed for complaining about forced labor.
The UN labor agency has been trying for almost a decade get the military government to crack down on forced labor. In 1998 an ILO inquiry found that forced labour was pervasive and systematic throughout the country, particularly with the military.
Myanmar could face sanctions if it fails to comply.