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Wrong Khin Kyaw?

Mr. Khin Kyaw

Member

Seafarers Union of Burma

Seafarers Union of Burma

Background Information

Employment History

President

All Burma Workers' Union

Radio Officer

Myanmar Five Star Shipping Enterprise Co.

Web References (6 Total References)


Through a series of secret underground ...

www.tradeunions-burma.org [cached]

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.

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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.Although he was arrested during the first week of June 1997, the SLORC has never stated what specific charges Khin Kyaw is being held under.
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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.


Labor Rights Now! - Burma

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"We campaigned for Khin Kyaw for five years and ultimately he won his freedom seven years before his sentence was up," Stillman said.

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Burmese labor leader Khin Kyaw has been released from prison in Burma after a five-year campaign waged by Labor Rights Now and its allies in the labor and human rights communities.
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Khin Kyaw's release was confirmed, but details surrounding it remain sketchy.He reportedly has returned to a town just outside Rangoon.He served as president of the All Burma Workers' Union and was a radio officer for the state-owned Myanmar Five Star Shipping Enterprise Co.He was arrested in June 1997 and sentenced to 17 years in prison.
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"With the release of Khin Kyaw in Burma, we know that the pressures from the Labor Rights Now campaign can similarly help Myo Aung Thant," Stillman said.
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"We are in regular touch with his family, which has ask that we redouble our efforts now that Khin Kyaw's freedom raises the prospect of further releases."


LABOR RIGHTS NOW!

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Khin Kyaw, President of the All Burma Workers' Union and member of the Seafarers Union of Burma (SUB) is serving a 17 year sentence for union organizing.

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Khin Kyaw (left), President of the All Burma Workers' Union, and Myo Aung Thant (right), Executive Officer of the FTUB, jailed for union activism.


World Movement for Democracy - DemocracyAlerts

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Myo Aung Thant and Khin Kyaw are trade unionists dedicated to the cause of the restoration of the rights of workers to associate and organize in Burma.

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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, Kyaw was elected 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 in the June 27th press conference that this firing was connected to Khin Kyaw's union activities.
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To this time, the SLORC has never stated what specific charges Khin Kyaw is being held under.
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Khin Kyaw is still a member of the Seafarers Union of Burma (SUB), which is internationally recognized and 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.
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. 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 located 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. There is speculation that this action may have been taken as a reaction to the ILO's actions on Burma and the higher profile of Burma labor issues in the international community.
As a result of physical beatings suffered in the early 1990s in connection with a misdemeanor charge (for which he was later acquitted), U Khin Kyaw has lost almost all of his teeth. He is reportedly in poor health and may suffer from partial paralysis. His wife still lives in Rangoon, but she has been intimidated by Military Intelligence Services (MIS) not to speak out about her husband's case.


Labor Council of NSW Online : Minutes - 09 August 2001

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Com. Oung said Mr. Khin Kyaw, President of the All Burma Workers' Union was serving 17 years in gaol for organising workers.

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