Solidarity with Myanmar: Next steps forward

Jun 2024

The ITUC and ITUC-Asia Pacific jointly organised a solidarity meeting on Myanmar in Geneva on 10 June 2024 during 112th Session of the International Labour Conference. The solidarity meeting aims to urge more trade unions to support the struggles of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) and to discuss the next steps forward in the ongoing campaign for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar.

According to the Assistance for Political Prisoners (AAPP), since the coup started in February 2021, 5420 civilians were killed, 26837 were arrested, and 20578 remain in detention as of 7 June 2024.

Phyo Sandar Soe, Assistant General Secretary of CTUM and member of the ILO Governing Body, provided the latest developments in Myanmar and shared updates on the progress of global and national-level advocacies in different countries.

Shoya Yoshida, General Secretary of the ITUC-Asia Pacific, appealed to national trade union centers to urge their respective governments to support Article 33 of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Constitution, continue to support the credentials of National Unity Government (NUG) at UN General Assembly, International Labour Conference, and other intergovernmental institutions, and to stop official development assistance (ODA), publicly-funded projects and investments benefiting the Myanmar military.

“The case of Myanmar is a representation of why trade unions fight for democracy. All fundamental rights and freedoms will be seized from us if we do not defend our democracy. We call on our affiliates to continue to support the struggle of CTUM and the people of Myanmar to restore their democracy. Our solidarity must be sustained in this long fight for Myanmar peoples’ rights, freedom, and dignity,” Shoya Yoshida said.

Monina Wong of ITUC provided a briefing about the enforcement of the ILO’s Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on Myanmar.

Trade union representatives from different countries expressed their solidarity with CTUM and the people Myanmar and committed to continue their international lobbying and advocacy efforts towards the restoration of democracy in Myanmar.  

Moving forward, participants pledged to invoke all measures under the ILO Constitution, including Article 33 of the ILO Constitution, to ensure Myanmar’s compliance with the ILO’s COI.

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