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Pressure Grows to Protect Domestic Workers

(Montevideo) – The founding of a global federation of domestic workers is a sign of the growing strength of the movement, and a key moment to assess progress for workers long excluded from basic labor protections, the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Human Rights Watch said today.

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Myanmar old guard clings to $8-billion jade empire

Tin Tun picked all night through teetering heaps of rubble to find the palm-sized lump of jade he now holds in his hand. He hopes it will make him a fortune. Its happened before.

Last year I found a stone worth 50 million kyat, he said, trekking past the craters and slag heaps of this notorious jade-mining region in northwest Myanmar. Thats about $50,000 (U.S.) and it was more than enough money for Tin Tun, 38, to buy land and build a house in his home village.

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