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As conflict escalates between resistance and junta forces in Sagaing and Magway regions, junta-appointed administrators are forcing employers in Yangon and Mandalay to fire workers from those areas in what appears to be a form of collective punishment.

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Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, but has completely eroded in Myanmar since last year’s coup, with the junta jailing reporters, increasing surveillance, and amending laws to grant themselves greater powers. On major roads they have also increased the number of checkpoints, which they are using to interrogate everyday citizens and monitor their online activity.
Just a few years ago, Myanmar’s garment sector underwent drastic reforms that improved the working conditions of many employees. Since the coup, however, many employers have been accused of taking advantage of the country’s economic and political turmoil to exploit the rights of their workers.

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