US Will Support UN Investigation Into Burmese Human Rights Violations

August 18, 2010

Photo credit: Jan van Raay

U.S. (ChattahBox) – The United States has announced that they will be supporting a UN backed resolution that will launch an inquiry into the current military junta controlling Myanmar, traditionally known as Burma.

There have long since been a number of human and civil rights violations reported by citizens and non-profit groups. Among those violations are the overriding of the results of the 1990 elections, which awarded power to the party of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung Sun Suu Kyi, and the ongoing house arrest of the leader.

With elections being announced for November 7, the junta, and in particular Senior General Than Shwe, the leader of the military rule, have been accused of working to create a sham process that would enact a constitution that would shut down any chance for a change in leadership.

The UN inquiry has been long in coming, and now that it is here the Obama administration has given their official backing, which would make the U.S. position on the election, and the junta’s tactics, rather clear.

“[The junta] are expecting to delete their dirty crimes by putting a sham constitution into effect through a sham election,” Campaign for Burma director Aung Din was quoted by RAW.

“This is a clear message that the United States will not recognize their showcase election and will take them accountable for their horrible abuses against their own citizens.”

If human rights violations are confirmed, which they will almost certainly be, the UN may place an embargo on all arms moving into Myanmar, in order to stop a potential military backlash with Thailand. There is some fear that a further crisis could occur due to the fight between the junta and Karens, an ethnic group that has been retreating across the border.


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