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Burma- British Government’s Special Relationship with President Sein -Human Rights Abuser

Rose-Tinted Glasses


President Thein Sein of Burma has been hailed as a reformer by the British government.

However, Thein Sein rules a country which still has one of the worst human rights records in the world. A country

with hundreds of political prisoners still in jail, where torture is still being used, where his army continues to kill, to
bomb and to rape ethnic civilians and camps where ethnic children die because he won’t allow them to get aid.

If all this sounds familiar, it is because many of the abuses committed by the past regime haven’t stopped. In fact

some have even increased since Thein Sein became President. Worse, Human Rights Watch has evidence that
ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity have been committed against the ethnic Rohingya minority.

But you won’t hear Prime Minister David Cameron talking about taking action on ethnic cleansing going on in

Burma. You won’t hear Foreign Secretary William Hague condemning the widespread use of rape by the Burmese
Army. That’s because the British government now takes a rose-tinted view of what is happening in Burma. They
talk up the positives, but play down or don’t talk about many of the negatives.

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