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World Labor Unions Call for Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Labor unions from around the globe have agreed to work together to fight for the release of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest.

Nearly 40 trade unions, at a conference on Burma in Katmandu this week, condemned the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.

Aung San Suu Kyi -- a Nobel laureate -- has spent most of the past 17 years under house arrest, and Burma's military leaders are holding at least 1,100 political prisoners.

The trade unions also said they will urge multinational companies to halt investment in Burma until democracy is established and forced labor is eradicated.

The meeting was organized by the International Trade Union Federation, International Labor Organization and Global Union Federations.