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Last Friday President Obama approved of lifting some restrictions on the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, also known as Burma.

He claims that they had enhanced and made “substantial progress in improving human rights.” This decision took place whilst the nation of Myanmar are currently still in a rapid progression of eliminating the Muslim minority there, known as the Rohingya.

Some Sanctions Removed

Since several sanctions have still remained firmly in place, specifically those that involve dealing with North Korea and performing arms sales and in assisting in military collaboration, the ones that were removed involve the dealing with precious stones and trade.

Satellite imagery have brought to light several villages and towns belonging to the Rohingya that have been decimated, and it is estimated that thousands of them have already fled across and entered Bangladesh.

Approximately 100,000 of the Rohingya live in incarceration as of today in the town of Sittwe. Historically speaking, Myanmar has suffered being run by a tyrannical military regime from 1962 until 2011.

History of Human Rights Abuses

By 1989 Myanmar was deprived of trade benefits due to their human rights abuses.

Miss Aung Suu Kyi, now president of Myanmar, was forced into house arrest for about 15 years and earned a victory in 2015 for the National League for Democracy. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Malaysian PM meanwhile has made a statement addressing Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi about what he refers to only as genocide and bellowed in a speech he made that “enough is enough.”

Administration officials remain tainted about Myanmar’s persecution of the Rohingya population. “Show me a country without human rights issues,” Miss Suu Kyi stated about the matter, adding on with they needed “complete evidence about who has been responsible.”

The White House nevertheless were satisfied with the upgrade in Myanmar’s strive to democracy, as compared to the previous military dictatorship.

 

 

 

 

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Sara O'Connell
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