Brussels, 15 April 2009 (ITUC OnLine):
The ITUC welcomed the release of the five members of the Federation
of Trade Unions of Burma (FTUB) who had been arrested on 1 April,
after their return from the first FTUB Congress ever. It has now been
confirmed that they returned safely to their homes in Rangoon on 10
April, albeit after having been warned to cease any dealings with the
It was through international solidarity that the five were released. The
ITUC therefore wants to acknowledge the rapid intervention, following
its own request, of the Office of the ILO Director General, which
resulted in this positive outcome. The FTUB extended its heartfelt
thanks to the international labour movement as well, which had been very
quick in mobilising itself and reacting to the arrests.
"We will continue to closely monitor the situation in the future through
our colleagues in the FTUB", stated Guy Ryder.
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