Saturday, August 19, 2006


Human Rights Abuses in Burma (part 7)

Conclusion-since the military takeover in 1962 Burma has suffered the worst human rights abuses in the world. From oppressions and restrictions to open genocide the regime has brutalised Burma’s people at a growing rate. Furthermore, the regimes position remains protected by foreign investment and subsequent lack of international intervention. Despite the human rights situation deteriorating however success of human rights groups is growing. The United States Campaign for Burma has succeeded in pressuring the US government to impose unilateral sanctions, an action mirrored by the government of Norway. Significant investors have withdrawn from Burma, with Total Oil the largest remaining foreign investor and coming under increasing pressure.
Since Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Czech Republic President Václav Havel submitted a document outlining the need for UN intervention in early 2006 the Security Council has held it’s first ever discussion regarding Burma-an enormous step forward. Pressure from both politicians and the public is mounting on the UN to intervene and groups such as Burma Campaign UK are growing in support. There is still much to be done, however, to save the sixty million people of Burma from some of the worst abuses humankind has ever seen.

[Photo] Karen Human Rights Group

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