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Italian Trade Organization Presents Human Rights Award to Detained Burmese Trade Unionist

The Italian Trade Union Confederation is honoring a detained Burmese trade unionist with its 2006 human rights award.

The confederation said it is presenting Myo Aung Thant with the International Giulio Pastore Award for his efforts to protect Burmese workers from the oppression and violence of the Burmese military.

The organization says Myo Aung Thant was sentenced to life in prison by Burma's government after being charged with treason for his trade union activity.

The Italian Trade Union Confederation says Myo Aung Thant is being held in solitary confinement in a prison in the remote Kachin State.