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YANGON - Around 200,000 garment workers in Myanmar have lost their jobs since the military coup at the beginning of February, according to a leading workers’ rights campaigner.

Several major brands, including H&M, Primark and Benneton, have put a halt on placing new orders in Myanmar because of the uncertainty of the situation where more than 700 people have so far been killed in pro-democracy protests.

Labour rights activist Ye Naing Win told the Myanmar Now independent news service that around half of the country's garment factories had closed following the coup, on top of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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