In The New Nation - Bangladesh (Internet Edition) this week there is an article, depicting some opinions on the past and present political situation in Myanmar, from which I'm reproducing some excerpts here. A copy of the whole article is attached.

Regarding democratic government, I think that it is not a question of if it will be achieved or not in Myanmar, but when. What do you think? Forecasts?


The future of democracy in Myanmar
by Md. Masum Billah

"The world attention has remained glued to Myanmar for the last several weeks over
the military junta's allegation against Augn San Suu Kyi's violating the house arrest
terms and condition. Really the trial of the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize
recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi, has once again catapulted events in Myanmar onto the
front pages of newspapers around the globe. The leader of Burma's struggle for human
rights and democracy has been charged with violating the terms of her house arrest
after an American citizen swam across a lake and broke into her home last month.
Heads of state from Asia and the West, celebrities and U.N. leaders such as human
rights chief Navi Pillay have responded strongly, demanding not only an end to the trial
in Burma's kangaroo courts but the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi who has
been under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years.

"For while the imprisonment of Aug San Suu Kyi without trial has long been denounced,
a less-publicized travesty has been underway in Myanmar for much of the past 15
years. Organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First and Amnesty
International have reported on the crimes against humanity and war crimes
committed under the rule of Myanmar's military regime, including the recruitment of
tens of thousands child soldiers and attacks on ethnic minority civilians.

[...]"Influenced by both Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence and by more
specifically Buddhist concepts Suu Kyi entered politics to work for democratization,
helped found the National League for Democracy on 27 September 1988 and was
under house arrest on 20 July, 1989. She was offered freedom if she left the country
but she refused.

[...]"US president Barack Obama has described the court proceedings of military junta as a
'show trial' while Myanmar's usually reticent Asian neigbours have expressed strong
concerns. Japan's deputy minister for foreign affairs Kenichiro Sasae, urged Myamar's
junta to listen to the concerns of the world community and also said that Tokyo hopes
Myanmar will go ahead with establishing a democracy in line with international

Complete article in TNN Bangladesh on-line edition.

Image (not signed) taken from the blog Herdeiro do Caos (heir of chaos), Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

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