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Non-ILO Reports on forced labour, including forced portering, in Arakan (Rakhine) State

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Title: Forced labour during the Arakan crisis: An overview of forced labour practices in North Arakan, Burma (June to August 2012)
Date of publication: 31 August 2012
Description/subject: "Additional Submission to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) for consideration by the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) – ILO Convention 29 31 August 2012.....The systemic and discriminatory practice of forced labour against the Rohingya, has continued, or even intensified, across large areas of North Arakan/Rakhine State in Burma/Myanmar, since deadly communal violence broke out in June 2012...in areas not directly affected by the June 2012 violence, ie. North Maungdaw and Buthidaung Township, forced labour remains much the same as in previous years and has even intensified in some areas. Large contingents of army troops have been deployed after a state of emergency was declared on 10 June. As a result, there was a substantial increase in demands for porters and guides in North Maungdaw and North Buthidaung to carry additional rations or to accompany soldiers on patrol in border areas. Villagers were forced to remain 4 to 5 days at a time in the hills along with army patrols. Large groups of forced labourers have also been summoned for road clearing and emergency camp repair damaged by monsoon rains and forced cultivation in army camps and paddy fields has been reported in many parts of Buthidaung..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Arakan Project
Format/size: pdf (182K)
Date of entry/update: 13 September 2012


Title: Forced labour on the Sittwe-Rangoon Road
Date of publication: 30 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 30th December 02: "The repair of the weather-worn Sittwe – Rangoon Road has been conducted by the use of extensive forced labour in Ann, the southern town of Rakhine State in the western part of Burma, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (14K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: FORCED LABOUR AND EXTORTION STILL EXISTS IN ARAKAN
Date of publication: 26 December 2002
Description/subject: Buthidaung, December 26: "Forced labour and extortion are still continuing in Arakan State even if SPDC authorities have officially denied the existence any forced labour across the country, according to our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Forced Labour in Road Construction
Date of publication: 10 December 2002
Description/subject: Sittwe, 10 December: "The dilapidated Sittwe-Rangoon Road connecting the western state of Rakhine with the Burmese capital has been under repair since the 17th November...In the Mrebon section about 1,700 people has been used as forced labour to do the repair work till 1 December, in Ann about one hundred people have been used everyday as forced labour, while the number in the Kyauktaw-Mrauk-u section could not be established..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (10K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Muslims from Burma flee forced labour
Date of publication: 05 December 2002
Description/subject: Cox's Bazaar, 5 November: "A fresh intrusion of Muslims from Burma including the Rohingya Muslims has been reported through the porous borders of the south-eastern district of Bangladesh close to Burma's western border, reports our correspondent..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: ARMY USED FORCED LABOUR IN ARAKAN STATE
Date of publication: 14 November 2002
Description/subject: "Buthidaung, November 14: The Commander of the Military Operation Command of (MOC-15) of Buthidaung Township, Arakan State used forced labor for reaping his own crop, according to our source. The villagers of Nanragoon and Quandaung village tracts of Buthidaung township of Arakan State had to pay 100 labors daily for reaping the said Commander’s own paddy crop from last October 22 to 27. The two village tracts, about one mile east of Buthidaung town consisting of 1125 households, said a villager..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Kaladan News
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese junta issues orders to stop forced conscription
Date of publication: 05 November 2002
Description/subject: "Sittwe, 5th November: The Western Command in Rakhine State in the western part of Burma has issued directives to stop forceful conscription for the Burmese Army..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Nasaka behind indicting a UNHCR official retaliation to reports on forced labour?
Date of publication: 10 October 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 10 October 02: "The Nasaka, Burmese border security forces, have masterminded for filing a legal case against Mr Garry, the Philippine Education-in-charge at Maungdaw, the western border town in Burma's Rakhine State bordering with Bangladesh, according to an insider source..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: HTML (8k)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Muslims flee starvation and forced labour in western Burma
Date of publication: 07 October 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 7 October 02: "Fresh reports of Muslims in the western part of Burma fleeing starvation and forced labour to Bangladesh have begun to flood in. Our correspondent from Maungdaw in Rakhine (Arakan) State in Burma has said that while repatriation of 22,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh has been moving at snail's pace due to reluctance shown by the Burmese authority, there are new instances of Rohingyas leaving Burma in large numbers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burmese Junta uses Forced Labour Freshly in Rakhine State in Western Burma
Date of publication: 23 August 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 23 Aug. 02: "... There are reports of new incidents of extensive use of forced labour in and around Maungdaw in Rakhaing (Arakan) state, Western Burma, which has caused to raise tough arguments between the UNHCR and the Burmese law enforcement agencies including the officials of the military junta..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: CONSTRUCTION OF ANOTHER NEW MODEL VILLAGE FOR NEW SETTLERS IN MAUNGDAW TOWNSHIP
Date of publication: 18 August 2002
Description/subject: "Maungdaw, August 18: At about 50 houses are being built in Nasaka Area No. 2, between Ngaran Chaung and Lanchi villages of Maungdaw Township, adjacent to the Burma-Bangladesh border for the new Buddhist settlers by the forced labour of Rohingya villagers, said a member of local village council..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Land Confiscation And Forced Labour For Model Villages:
Date of publication: 08 June 2002
Description/subject: "Maungdaw, Arakan, June 08: The commander of the Sector No. 6 Major Than Tun has confiscated about 300 acres of Rohingyas’ lands from “Khoror Dale” (Nwa-ron-daung) village, a place 3.5 miles north of Maungdaw while extracting forced labour for constructing 80 tin roofed houses for the new Buddhist settlers. This has been done by the order, dated May 13, of Lt. Col. Soe Twe, the chairman of the District Peace and Development Council (DPDC) and Lt. Col. Aung Ngwe, the Commander of Nasaka headquarters of Maungdaw Township, said a trader to the Kaladan Press..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
Format/size: html (8K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: FORCED LABOUR FOR ROADWORKS
Date of publication: 04 June 2002
Description/subject: "Buthidaung, Arakan, June 04: On May 12, the commander of the Military Operation Command (MOC) No.15 Brig. General Sein Hlaing has ordered the Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) chairmen and secretaries of 5 Rohingya villages of Buthidaung township to build a 10 kilometre long connecting road between battalion No. 551 and the jetty of Mayu river at Buthidaung town, told Kaladan Press by a retired school teacher..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
Format/size: html (9K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Forced Labour and Lands Confiscation Continued in Arakan
Date of publication: 30 May 2002
Description/subject: "Maungdaw,Arakan, May 30: On May 25, 2002 the SPDC armed forces ordered to the chairmen of the many local Village Peace and Development Council ( VPDC ) in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State to supply house building materials and construct a total of 347 houses within the next few months on the confiscation lands of Rohingyas with the forced labour of the Rohingya villagers, said a VPDC chairman..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
Format/size: html (12K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: FORCED LABOUR IN RUBBER PLANTATIONS IN ARAKAN STATE
Date of publication: 02 March 2002
Description/subject: Ponnagyun, 2 March 02: "In the military rubber plantations in the south western state of Burma villagers have been used as forced labourers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (6K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: UNHCR OFFICIAL FINDS FORCED LABOUR EXTENSIVELY PRACTISED IN RAKHINE STATE
Date of publication: 21 January 2002
Description/subject: Maungdaw, 21st January 02: "Reports on forced labour being practised extensively across Rakhine State, the western member of Myanmar, have started to pour in to us through traders coming to this border town..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara news
Format/size: html (7K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: It’s something deep inside your heart…When you see your children dying of hunger
Description/subject: "Thazun is a courageous, beautiful and talented young Arakanese woman who talks openly about her life and experiences. Spending her childhood under conditions that many people around the world would find hard to believe, Thazun has never given up hope for a better life. Her father is a politician and always on the run from Burmese authorities, while her mother worked away for years with hundreds of other forced labourers. When growing up, Thazun didn’t know her father, and for over two years, five-year-old Thazun and her sister and brothers were left to survive on their own without their mother or anyone to look after them. When their mother was able to visit them, she found her children almost starved to death. And yet Thazun’s mother had no choice but to leave, unable to help her children or even know if they were still alive. As heartbreaking as her story may be, Thazun shows how determination and hope can lead towards light. This is the first part of her story."..."Thazun’s story is based on an interview with Burma Link."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Link
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2016