The news that comes out of Burma generally doesn’t fall in the optimistic category. Anti-Muslim violence, flare-ups between the Burmese government and ethnic armies and reports of activists and dissidents being jailed paint a grim picture of the political and human rights situation. A piece of encouraging news, however, is that Burma’s HIV/AIDS infection rate...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Burma’s government has made progress in reducing the recruitment of children into the armed forces but still needs to stamp out the practice. Ban’s comments came as Burma President Thein Sein was making a landmark visit to Washington. The former general met with President Barack Obama...
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a significant move, a prominent Republican senator said Tuesday he plans to let key sanctions legislation against Burma lapse because of the country’s progress toward democracy. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell made the announcement after meeting the nation’s President Thein Sein who is making a landmark visit to Washington. On Monday,...
MEIKHTILA, Burma (AP) — A Burma court sentenced seven Muslims to prison — one of them to a life term — in the killing of a Buddhist monk amid deadly sectarian violence that was overwhelmingly directed against minority Muslims but has produced no serious charges against the members of the country’s Buddhist majority. At least...
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama told Burma’s president during a long-awaited White House visit that he appreciates the leader’s efforts to lead the Asian country on its long, and sometimes difficult, path to democracy and assured him of U.S. support. Former general Thein Sein was the first president of Burma to visit the...
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