Through a series of secret underground meetings and dangerous investigation, word has been smuggled out of Burma that union leaders Khin Kyaw
and Myo Aung Thant are still alive.
...Khin Kyaw, President of the All Burma Workers' Union, is serving a 10-year prison sentence for organizing workers.Kyaw was a radio officer for the state-owned Myanmar Five Star Shipping Enterprise Co.In 1988, during the popular uprising for democracy in Rangoon, he was elected as the President of the newly organized All Burma Workers Union.
was arrested during the first week of June 1997, the SLORC has never stated what specific charges Khin Kyaw
is being held under.
...Khin Kyaw was a radio officer for the state-owned Myanmar Five Star Shipping Enterprise Co.In 1988, during the popular uprising for democracy in Rangoon, he was elected as the President of the newly organized All Burma Workers Union at the trade union conference held at Htan Ta Bin High School.
As a result of his
participation in the Burmese labor movement, he
was forced to resign from his
job with the Myanmar Five Star Shipping Enterprise
in1989.Confirming what is a clear violation of Burma's international commitments under ILO Convention 87
, General Khin Nyunt stated this firing was connected to Khin Kyaw's union activities in the June 27, 1997 press conference. Khin Kyaw
is still a member of the Seafarers Union of Burma
(SUB), the internationally recognized national seafarers union of Burma which is an affiliate of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).He is a long-time trade union leader who played a key role in organizing former trade union members during 1988 and afterwards. He
was arrested during the first week of June 1997 but the SLORC released no news about him other than what was revealed at the June 27th press conference.For almost a year after his
detention, the SLORC did not announce his
whereabouts.To this time, the SLORC has never stated what specific charges Khin Kyaw
is being held under.In fact, his
real offense was collaborating with Myo Aung Thant in the storage and operation of the non-registered satellite phone.Despite the fact that the criminal charges against Khin Kyaw
were never made public and there was no announcement of a trial being held, he
is now serving a 17 year prison sentence in prison.Judging from past SLORC practice, the FTUB
and other observers believe that he
has probably been charged with treason Section 5 of the 1950 Emergency Provisions Act.Khin Kyaw
has been imprisoned in Thayarwaddy prison, a city in Pegu division that is located approximately half-way between the cities of Rangoon
and Mandalay.In August 1999, it was learned that he
may have been moved to the Mingladon Military Intelligence Headquarters Camp for interrogation.