Protest / Strike


Myanmar’s new government released scores of jailed activists on Friday, just over a week after assuming power, and said it was preparing to pardon 100 more people serving sentences for political offences.
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Workers from ‘Hteiktan’ garment factory in Hlaingthayar Industrial Park 4 will continue their strike, which started seven days ago, until their demands of getting their November wages in full are met a clerk from the factory, Moe Sandar Myint, told Mizzima.
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Around 100 workers from the Tai Yi shoe factory in Rangoon Division’s Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone traveled to Naypyidaw on Monday with the aim of resolving a labor dispute following a more than week-long protest at their factory.
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Detained student activists ended more than three weeks of hunger striking yesterday, following calls from influential political leaders and organisations. (more…)

Students on a hunger strike at Thayawady Prison in Pegu Division, currently on trial over the education protests at Letpadan, have been sent against their will to Rangoon General Hospital, their families said. (more…)

A hunger strike by a group of students and supporters in protest of the continued incarceration of political prisoners in Burma is beginning to take its toll on the participants’ health, with one student admitted to Rangoon General Hospital on Wednesday. (more…)

Human Rights organisations have expressed growing alarm over the Burma Government continuing to use draconian legislation to imprison political opponents.
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Leaders of a mass strike at the Han Jen garment factory have continued talks with factory bosses, continuing to lobby for the demands of picketing workers who have been staging a sit-in and symbolic hunger strikes outside the factory gates since Monday.
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Strike action temporarily stopped the ferry from Teknaf in Bangladesh to Maungdaw in Rakhine State, Burma after the captain was severely beaten by Burma Border Guard Police (BGP) on 1 October.
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More than 1,000 workers at the Han Jen garment factory in Rangoon’s Shwepyithar Industrial Zone-1 are mounting a hunger strike in demand of basic workers’ rights. (more…)

Most striking bus drivers returned to work yesterday following two days of wildcat strikes that saw hundreds walk off the job in response to an increase in traffic fines.
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About 100 Kyaukphyu residents plan to hold a protest on July 29 near the office of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) on Maday Island, close to the site of a deep-sea port, according to a local community organization. (more…)

Two labour union leaders arrested during strikes in February refused to appear for their court hearing yesterday, hoping the act of defiance would reveal what they allege is a sham trial, as well as rampant abuses in the garment sector. Dozens of former colleagues and labour union members came out to support the gesture.
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Forty-nine activists were charged during the month of May, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP).
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The Labour Tribunal Commission has ordered 158 workers, including Moe Moe Khing from the Costec garment factory in Shwe Pyi Tha Township, to resume work their respective factories within 30 days.
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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday called for a three-way meeting with neighbours Malaysia and Myanmar to try to resolve a regional human trafficking crisis following the discovery of a mass grave in the country’s far south.
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A court in Naypyidaw’s Pyinmana Township sentenced five people to more than 20 years in prison on Wednesday after finding them guilty for instigating religious riots in Mandalay last July.
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When Yangon labourers from five foreign-owned factories reeled out the picket lines and demanded a meagre pay boost at the end of January, their calls were initially dismissed. Two weeks later, however, the government shifted into overdrive to quell the demonstrations at the behest of the South Korean embassy, The Myanmar Times has learned.
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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar today called on the country’s authorities to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process “before they undermine the success achieved so far.” (more…)

Two labour union leaders and two activists under arrest for demonstrating for higher wages have threatened to go on hunger strike in Yangon’s Insein prison if their case is moved to another court. (more…)

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