Human Rights in Burma: No Excuse for Delay
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Human Rights in Burma: No Excuse for Delay

By THE IRRAWADDY Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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The failure and mistake by the government was arresting and jailing the political dissidents in the first place.

Thein Sein should realize that he had a very high hurdle to clear in order to convince the domestic opposition and international community that he was sincere in his stated desire to bring true reform to Burma. He began the process by meeting with Suu Kyi, instituting media and internet reforms and suspending the Myitsone Dam project. But his categorization of the Kachin Independence Army as the equivalent of terrorists reminded everyone of his background as a top junta general and did serious harm to the process of national peace and reconciliation.

In addition, Thein Sein and his colleagues have implied several times over the last few months that all of the political prisoners would soon be released, only to put away the jail key after dangling it in front of everyone’s eyes. Also extremely worrisome was the president’s recent remark that there are no prisoners of conscience in Burma. Regardless of what technical legal argument Thein Sein could muster in support of such a claim, it was entirely insincere and unhelpful, and if the prisoners are not released soon threatens to undermine all of the credibility he has established to date.

With Clinton’s visit, Thein Sein has the opportunity to demonstrate that his government does not need to be dragged kicking and screaming toward major, irreversible reforms in the area of human rights. If he shows the political will to make immediate changes that end the nation’s armed conflicts and human rights abuses, then he will have earned the necessary patience from the Burmese people during the period that deeper institutional reforms are carried out, and the country can say that it is has truly entered a transition towards genuine democracy.

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kerry Wrote:
All human rights abuses must cease.

KML Wrote:
Dear President U Thein Sein,

You are being quoted as a sincere and reform minded military general by your friends and foes. It is a good opportunity for meaningful reform in Burma. However, sincerity alone has the limitation if it is not combined with concerted effort in a reasonable timeframe. The reform should be proactive rather than reactive. There are many issues, legacies of former regimes, can be reversed without going through the parliament. Examples are releasing political prisoners, repatriation of refugees & IDPs, stop blaming others ( BBC, Irrawady, DVB, VOA ,Western countries etc..) for own management failure and lack of vision, logical & meaningful public relation campaign about practical changes, stopping inhumane treatment on ethnic nationalities and unwritten oppressive policies. Reaching out ethnic & religious nationalities is more important than reaching out Secretary Clinton or ASEAN. I guess she will be happier to see changes than to meet you.

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