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Myanmar, democracies for all?
There is a traitorous shift from armed forces and dictatorships to democracies. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a defender of fundamental freedoms and democracies who has taken over most of Myanmar, has undoubtedly taken classes with Lech Walesa, Boris Yeltsin and Nelson Mandela. She has been moving carefully and carefully in the few days since her administration took over and ended decade-long army domination in which she was under home arrear.
She undoubtedly recognises the enormous barriers she faces that threaten Myanmar's transitions, but at the same token she sees that the population' s aspirations are high. Yangon-based Ma Thin Yu Mon, a defender of fundamental freedoms, was amazed at the ambience she met at a folk fest. Myanmar's democratic course is not secure.
The government of US President Barack Obama correctly identified this past few weeks with a calibration relaxation of penalties against Myanmar, which has abandoned some, thereby signaling a continued worry about violations of humanitarian law, racial conflicts and the continued impact of the army, which is trying to maintain non-democratic authority through a constitutional system that has written it before it allows free election.
Therefore, one of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's greatest preoccupations is to cope with these mighty and un-elected commanders, who control a fourth of the parliamentary ranks, who have not been elected and can thus obstruct fundamental reforms of the constitution; who have held the most important defense, interior and frontier departments; and who have become used to benefiting considerably from the nation's riches.
The latest campaign has seen the United States maintain a weapons prohibition and penalties against persons and organisations who obstruct policy reforms, commit violations of international law or engage in illegal trafficking in North Korea. Simultaneously, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi faces a caldron of ethnical tensions and conflicts.
One of the worst is the destitution of the one million Rohingya, a Moslem minorities exposed to harassment and poverty, refused nationality and forced into poor shelters. In 2012, around 100,000 Rohingya were evicted from their houses in a violent upheaval. Nationalistic Buddhists have persisted that the Rohingya are not Myanmar residents and call them "Bengals," like the former army rule.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was shocked to suggest to the new US envoy that the United States should not use the term "Rohingya" after the US consulate recently offered its sympathy for the losses of at least 20 persons whose vessel capped on 19 April.