ILO: Respect freedom of association and restore democratic order in Myanmar

In response to the military coup that took place in Myanmar last week,  the International Labour Organisation (ILO) urges the country's military leaders to uphold commitments under ILO Convention on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize, 1948 (No. 87) to ensure that workers and employers are able to exercise their freedom of association rights in a climate of complete freedom and security, free from violence and threats.

“I call on the military to immediately remove orders restricting assemblies of more than five persons, a halt to the repression of dissenting voices and the full respect of workers’ fundamental and human rights and freedoms. I urge military leaders to ensure no workers, including civil servants are detained, intimidated or harassed for participating in peaceful protests,” ILO Director General Guy Ryder said. 

Read ILO’s full statement.