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“This is a historic day, hopefully one of many more to come in Burma’s near future” said Ambet Yuson, General Secretary of BWI, who was referring to the decision by the Burmese government to allow high-profile Burmese trade union leader Maung Maung to return to Burma.
Maung Maung, the General Secretary of the Federation of Trade Unions Burma, is a long exiled leader prominent in the fight for the rights of Burmese workers and trade unions inside Burma and in neighbouring Thailand.
Speaking further about the latest development, Yuson, continued “The BWI, along with other international trade union organisations, believe that Maung Maung’s return to Burma provides a new opportunity for the Burmese authorities to show their commitment to free and democratic trade unions and to protecting the rights of workers to form and join independent trade unions and negotiate in collective bargaining. The BWI stands ready to support trade union development in Burma to ensure that the increasing investment and opening up of Burma is beneficial to workers.”
Maung Maung is one of 2,000 activists whose names have been removed from a blacklist of people allowed to return to Burma. However, there still is another 4,000 people who are on the blacklist. The latest development by the Burmese government is a positive step, but it is only one step on a long journey to ensuring that the rights of all Burmese are respected and protected in Burma.