INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DEMOCRACY: NLC, ITUC Seek End To Military Rule in Myanmar.

…Says No To Coup in Any Country

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Global President of the International Trade union congress, ITUC, Ayuba Wabba has called for an end to military rule in Myanmar at the commemoration of international day for democracy.

ITUC seek end to military Rule in Myanmar

In a release signed by Ayuba Wabba, Labour says rights violation continues in Myanmar, Eight months after the military staged a coup to oust a democratically elected leader.

The Nigeria Labour Congress, strongly condemned the military coup
in Myanmar and we still condemn the sustained military rule in
Myanmar as an aberration of the international democratic order.

Organised Labour calls on the Nigerian Government to take urgent action against
the military coup to end the human rights catastrophe in Myanmar.

International Day For Democracy is marked every September 15, to draw attention to the need to build societies of the people, by the people and for the people.

Find Press Release below:

On February 1, 2021, General Min Aung Hlaing led the Myanmar
military to stage a coup against the democratically elected
government of Myanmar. The coup attracted global outrage and
umbrage. Unfortunately, more than eight months after the coup, the
military government in Myanmar continues to entrench itself and
perpetuate a climate of rights violations in the country.

The Nigeria Labour Congress, strongly condemned the military coup
in Myanmar and we still condemn the sustained military rule in
Myanmar as an aberration of the international democratic order.

Since the military coup in Myanmar, more than 900 people have been
killed, 5,000 civilians arrested and 300,000 workers dismissed for

joining the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM). Over 175,000
persons have been displaced. The coup and the third wave of Covid-
19 have halved the income of 83% of the families, and more than 25 million people in Myanmar are now living in absolute poverty.

We call on the Nigerian Government to take urgent action against
the military coup to end the human rights catastrophe in Myanmar.

Organized Labour in Nigeria fully supports the Civil Disobedience
Movement (CDM) and the trade union movement in Myanmar to end
the military rule and restore the civilian government elected in

November 2020.

The international trade union movement is the global democratic
force that first called on the international community to formally
recognise the NUG of the Republic of Myanmar established on 16th
April 2021 by the democratic parliamentarians elected in the 8th
November 2020 elections. Workers, through the Confederation of
Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM), supported the NUG’s tripartite

delegation to the 109″ International Labour Conference (LC). which

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The NUG, made up of all the ethnic representatives, is deliberating a
new federal democratic constitution and amending the labour and
citizenship laws. The NUG is committed to respecting the
international obligations of Myanmar before the International Court
of Justice and the International Criminal Court regarding the human
rights violations of the Rohingya people.

At the 109h ILC Conference, workers succeeded in blocking the

military-led State Administration Council (SAC) from representing the
State of Myanmar, in alignment with the interim decisions or the

previous sessions of the UNGA, the World Health Conference and the
42 Conference of the Food and Agricultural Organization. A
decision will be reviewed again at the 76″ uNGA in September. The
SAC reacted with escalated military raids of trade union offices and
more arrests, including most recently the arrest of Thet Hnin Aung.

general secretary of the Myanmar Industry Craft and Senvice-Tradee

Unions’ Federation (MICS-TUSE), on 13″ July 2021.

Despite the arms embargo, the Myanmar military is still financed to
buy ammunition to kill civilians instead of purchasing Covid-19
vaccines for the people. The dire human rights situation in Myanmar
has been exploited by the military to continue dividing UN Member
States which are bound by the resolutions of the Human Rightss
Council, the UNGA and the ILC, which clearly state that the wishes of
the Myanmar people expressed in the electoral results last November
must be respected and that democracy must be restored in Myanmar.

We recall that the 2021 ILO resolution for a return to democracy and
respect for fundamental rights in Myanmar specifically recommends
to Member States that they support the restoration of democracy in
Myanmar, including through the United Nations, other multilateral
bodies, regionalgroupings and dialogues, and bilateral engagement
as appropriate.

Nigerian workers support the recognition of the National Unity
Government (NUG) as the legitimate government representing the
people of Myanmar at the United National General Assembly (UNGAJ
taking place from 14 to 30 September 2021 in New York.

We urge the Nigerian Government to support, at the next United
Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September, the call of the UN
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar to
officially recognize the National Unity Government (NUG) as the
legitimate government representing the people of Myanmar.

Recognition of the UG by individual governments worldwide, and
at the UNGA in particular, is crucial in order to mount pressure on the
military junta to stop the violent repression of the people, to return
power to a civilian democratic government, to facilitate access to the
humanitarian aid inside Myanmar, and to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

In addition, we call on our government for bilateral recognition of
the NUG, following the example of the Czech Republic and a growing

number of Western and Asian countries.

We would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in the near
future to discuss this matter more in depth.

Please accept the renewed assurances of our highest esteem.

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