US, JAPAN, DENMARK PROMOTE LABOR RIGHTS IN MYANMAR

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The U.S. is teaming with Japan and Denmark to try to improve labor conditions in Myanmar, where poor conditions for workers have long been a concern.

The White House says the three countries will launch an initiative with the International Labor Organization aimed at reforming Myanmar’s labor laws over a number of years. The goal is to get business, labor groups and government institutions cooperating.

The White House says the U.S. will pay for a labor law expert to advise Myanmar’s government on reforming its laws. The three countries also are inviting other nations and organizations to join the effort.

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The U.S. is announcing the initiative on the last day of President Barack Obama’s trip to Myanmar. Obama is encouraging Myanmar to keep pursuing democratization despite recent setbacks.

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