Ten farmers, who complained to ILO, released

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Ten farmers, who were arrested and sent to Thayet prison after they complained to the International Labour Organization (ILO), regarding their cultivable land being seized, were released today.

The Magwe court had sentenced them to four months in prison each but they were released as they were in judicial custody for the same period. But another accused Ma Aye Win has to serve five more months.

“Though the farmers pleaded not guilty the trial court sentenced them to four months each,” Han Win Aung, younger brother of one farmer Than Soe, said.

The ‘Yone Seik’ sugar mill owned by Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd. seized about 2,000 acres of their farmlands and forced them to grow sugarcane in 2008. The farmers complained to the ILO office, for which they were arrested.

A part of the land was returned to the farmers and they were permitted to cultivate last March. But sugar mill officials implicated them in cases filed under section 447 of the Penal Code (trespassing), section 427 of Penal Code (mischief) when they began cultivation. Continue reading “Ten farmers, who complained to ILO, released”