The Yangon Region Government is accelerating its efforts to reduce human rights abuses in Yangon Region in cooperation with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Social Welfare, according to Yangon Region Security and Border Affairs Minister Col Tin Aung Tun.
“In cities like Yangon, most families hire housemaids. Some of them treat maids like their family members but there are also who treat them simply as maids;” the region minister said. “Therefore, abuses of maids are sometimes committed. As such cases are likely to continue, we have taken measures to prevent them in cooperation with the Ministry of Home Welfare and the Department of Social Affairs,” he added.
The minister was responding to questions raised at the Yangon Region Hluttaw by Representative Daw Kyi Pyar of Constituency 1 in Kyauktada Township. The representative asked the regional government how it planned to prevent maid abuses like the one that occurred over a five-year period at the Ava Tailoring in Kyauktada Township.
Another representative from Kawhmu Township asked the regional government how it was handling rights abuses against the maids from the same tailoring who happened to be residents of his constituency.
The police have launched an investigation to take action against the members of the police who failed to perform their duty in accordance with the law. “When we reviewed the case, it was found out that the police failed to take action against the offenders. So, we are investigating and those who were responsible will be dealt with according to the law”, the regional minister said. In 2016, a total of 60 human trafficking cases were exposed in Yangon Region. Ninety-eight people were arrested in those cases, but 67 remain elusive. —Zaw Gyi (Panita)