United Nations: Myanmar`s pro-democracy
leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked the International Labour
Organisation (ILO) to increase its presence in her country to
promote "social justice".
"I would like to make a special appeal for my own
country, Burma (Myanmar)," Suu Kyi said via video message
during a labour conference being held in Geneva. "We look to
the ILO to expand its activities in Burma to help usher in an
era of broad-based social justice in our country."
Noting that labour rights were integral to
development, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate underlined the
need for workers in Myanmar to be able to form trade unions.
"May I reiterate the declaration of faith of the
ILO that failure in one nation raises obstacles in the way of
progress in all other nations," she said.
"Burma must not be allowed to fail and the world must
not be allowed to fail Burma."
She noted that previous work of the ILO in Myanmar had
highlighted the indivisibility of social, political and
"In its attempt to eliminate forced labour and the
recruitment of child soldiers, the ILO has inevitably been
drawn into work related to rule of law, prisoners of
conscience and freedom of association," she said.
Suu Kyi pointed out that once Myanmar was considered
the nation most likely to succeed in South-East Asia.
"But now it has fallen behind almost all the other
nations in this region," she said.