Workers strike spreads in industrial zone in Rangoon: Riot Police deployed

New Delhi (Mizzima) – About 2,000 workers from three factories in the Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone continued their strike today, demanding better wages.

“The strike is on today but we are not aware what their demands are… Workers of three factories are staging the strike. The policemen are from police battalions and the Rangoon Division police force. The three factories are OPAL 2, Kyarlay and Taiyi,” a duty officer from Hlaing Tharyar police station said, adding Police Chief Maj. Gen. Khin Yi arrived at the spot with a large contingent of police personnel. However, a duty officer of the Rangoon Police Head office refused to answer questions on the strike and did not confirm whether Khin Ye was at the spot.

“The streets in Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone No. 3 have been cordoned off and we saw about 30 police vehicles on the roads,” a woman school teacher from Hlaing Tharyar said.

The striking workers are demanding an extra Kyat 10,000 (USD 10) in wages and reduction of working hours from the current 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. They have also demanded that their work place and dining hall be made more hygienic with better sanitation. Continue reading “Workers strike spreads in industrial zone in Rangoon: Riot Police deployed”

Shan leader Sai Hla Aung “losing hair and weight” in Prison

Feb 9, 2010 (DVB)–A senior member of the Shan political party that came second in the 1990 Burma elections is reportedly in declining health, five years into a 79-year prison sentence.

Family members of 66-year-old Sai Hla Aung reported the details to the Shan National League for Democracy (SNLD) after visiting him in the remote Kyaukphyu prison in Burma’s western Arakan state.
Conditions in Kyaukphyu are said to be poor, and like many prisons in Burma, access to medical assistance is sporadic, and often only achievable through bribes.
The reports coincide with news that National League for Democracy (NLD) member Myo Kyaw Zin and 88 Generation Students’ leader Aung Thu, who are serving lengthy sentences in Putao prison in Burma’s far-north Kachin state, were tortured and placed in solitary confinement after complaining to authorities that one had been kept in shackles for five weeks.
Sai Hla Aung, along with SNLD chairperson Khun Htun Oo and five others, were arrested in February 2005 after convening a meeting to discuss political transition in Burma. Khun Htun Oo is serving a 93-year sentence. Continue reading “Shan leader Sai Hla Aung “losing hair and weight” in Prison”

“International Tribunal on Crimes against Women of Burma” in New York on March 2nd, 2010.

Dear all

The Nobel Women’s Initiative is launched in 2006 by six women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates: Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Mench Tum, Wagari Maathai, Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams. Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi is an honourary member of the organization.

The Nobel Women’s Initiative and Women’s League of Burma are to convene a high profile

“International Tribunal on Crimes against Women of Burma” in New York on March 2nd, 2010. The tribunal will provide a powerful spotlight on the oppressions and human right abuses in Burma in order to support a development of just and peaceful Burma.

The coordinator has requested me to forward the attached invitation to the supporters of human rights in Burma. Please distribute it widely. I hope some of you or your friends will able to attend the tribunal.

Some important Info Continue reading ““International Tribunal on Crimes against Women of Burma” in New York on March 2nd, 2010.”