Myanmar Labor Activists Fined for Factory Protest

Yangon – Five labor rights activists, including a labor activist from a US-owned garment factory, were threatened with 24 days in prison unless they paid fines of 30,000 kyats (US$21) at Yangon’s Dagon Township Court on Feb. 11 for an unlawful assembly. The five led more than 400 factory workers from the Natural Garment Company […]

Three Arrested in Yangon for Sending Myanmar Workers Abroad Illegally

YANGON—Yangon police arrested a Chinese national and two Myanmar citizens in Yangon on Dec. 7 for sending workers to China illegally. Chinese citizen Chen Siyi, Ko Thant Zin Htet of Naypyitaw and Ma Bawk Seng of Sadong, in Kachin State near the Chinese border, were arrested for sending Burmese women to China without work permits […]

Myanmar to Resume Issuing Visas on Arrival to Visitors

The Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population agreed to resume issuing visas on arrival (VOA) to foreign visitors after negotiating with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, a senior tourism official said. “We got initial agreement with the ministry of labor, immigration and population but the immigration department will still decide on the number of […]

Ban on Burmese Gemstones Lifted, Task Force Visits Myanmar- AGTA

October 24, 2016 – Dallas, TX — Responding to the concerns of its members regarding U.S. sanctions and perceptions of the Myanmar Gem and Jade sectors, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) developed a coalition of the U.S. Jewelry Industry to make a scoping mission to Myanmar. This mission was similar to past AGTA efforts […]

Malaysia – Visa fee increase waived for thousands of Myanmar workers

More than 2,400 Myanmar workers who are in the middle of processing their visas will get their visa fees waived due to an ongoing dispute between Myanmar and Malaysia over the visa fee. These 2,400 workers will have their applications processed under a previous payment schedule which had less expensive fees, according to the Myanmar […]

Myanmar workers in Thailand paid below minimum wage

Ninety per cent of Myanmar workers working at factories in Tak Province do not receive minimum wages, and four factories pay minimum wages to Myanmar workers, according to the Mae Sot-based Joint Committee for the Affairs of Myanmar Citizens. “About 300 factories are running legally, and more than 1,600 factories are running illegally. Among those […]