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Myanmar: Portering and forced labour: Amnesty International's concerns

, Index number: ASA 16/042/1996

There is concern about the serious human rights violations that the military have perpetrated, with impunity, against porters in their custody and against those engaged in forced labour. The ruling military authorities of Myanmar have obliged hundreds of thousands of Burmese citizens, to work against their will and without pay to build airports, roads, dams, railway lines and other construction projects. The military has also seized and effectively detained men, women and children throughout Myanmar, particularly from ethnic minorities, to act as porters in military operations.

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