Jakarta: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has called on the military in Myanmar to end harassment and intimidation of workers, and ensure that they can exercise their rights to freedom of expression, in a climate free of violence and fear.
According to the United Nations (UN) agency, it has received allegations that police and military are conducting door to door searches for trade unionists at their dormitories and hostels in the Hlaingtharyar industrial township, in the country’s largest city, Yangon.
It is alleged that the acts of harassment and intimidation largely targeted young female workers working in the private sector industries of Yangon, who are living far away from their families in the rural areas, ILO said.
"The ILO urges the military authorities to cease all acts of harassment and intimidation against these workers, in particular young female workers, and ensure that all workers can exercise their rights to freedom of association, assembly and expression as well as other human rights in a climate free of violence, pressure, fear and threat of any kind," the agency said in a statement on Tuesday.
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has reiterated his call on the military leadership to respect the will of the people of Myanmar and to adhere to democratic norms, with any difference to be resolved through peaceful dialogue and condemned the use of deadly violence in Myanmar.
Mass protests have grown steadily across Myanmar since the military takeover on February 1 and arrests of several key leaders and elected officials, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
The takeover followed escalating tensions between the government and the military over the November 2020 elections, which were won by Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD).