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Fight human trafficking, Suu Kyi urges


New Delhi (Mizzima) – National League for Democracy general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday urged NLD women’s wing members to combat human trafficking.

The message came as Suu Kyi and about 200 from the women’s wing of her party from all states and divisions except Kachin and Karenni met for about three hours at NLD headquarters in Rangoon.

nldw-assk-birthday“Although victims reported their cases to the women rights non-governmental organisations, the results were fruitless. So the NLD has to take up this responsibility,” Rangoon Division NLD women’s wing chief May Win Myint told Mizzima. “Thet Wai, aka Pauk Sa, used to help combat against human trafficking with complete reporting to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).”

“Aung San Suu Kyi urged us to help in combating against human trafficking,” May Win Myint said.

The junta formed the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation (MWAF) in 2004. Also, Burma, along with Laos, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam, signed the “Commit MoU” in Bangkok on October 29, 2004. It stands for Co-ordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking Memorandum of Understanding.

Despite being party to these efforts, Burmese rights organisations in exile said the junta had failed to effectively protect women, meaning many were trafficked to China, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries.

NLD women’s wing leaders including May Hnin Kyi, Hnin Hnin Yu, Khin San Hlaing, Khin Htay Kywe, Lei Lei, Khin Mar Kyi, Aye Aye Mar and Phyu Phyu Thin attended the meeting,

They sought Suu Kyi’s lead in educational development for the new generation to which the Nobel Peace laureate said she would help as much as she could.

The women’s leaders also expressed fears for Suu Kyi’s safety, and told her to take care amid assassination threats. Her father National hero Aung San was assassinated in 1947 by his political rivals just before Burma largely through his work attained independence from Britain.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 November 2010 02:57 )  

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