Why Myanmar is not a Democratic CountryMYANmar is not a democratic country
Still not clear - Penalties against Myanmar
MYANMAR' s path to democratization has never been simple. Yes, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi's (NLD) won a general elections in a land slide in November. The military, which resisted the example and forecasts of many old Myanmarers, respect the outcomes. So the new democratic system in Myanmar is an embarrassing pass de deux between an unexperienced administration with a massive remit and the military that have been in charge in Myanmar most of the times since it became independent.
Therefore, any changes to the US penalties applied against the State had to be monitored carefully. Barack Obama's government on 17 May proclaimed changes to a sanction system whose goal for many years was to bring about transformation in a united, oppressive Myanmar led by the Gen. This new measure removes three state commercial bankers and seven state corporations from the black list, removes some barriers to trading with Myanmar, makes it easy for US corporations to move funds in and out of the U.S., and expands the range of opportunities Americans can pursue in Myanmar.
However, there are still numerous penalties, among others against tens of individual persons and Myanmar businesses in the vicinity of the military. Six businesses under the control of a typhoon, Steven Law of the Asia World Group, supposedly set up by his dad as the drugs front but now the largest agglomerate in the land, are new to the black list.
Following the elections, the US companies wanted to lift the penalties completely, on the grounds that a far-reaching process of democracy had taken place. But not even the Suu Kyi administration, which during its years under housebreaking more than anyone else persuaded the West to sanction them, wants that. The state-owned timber and coal companies that are now in a position to deal with America are those that are reporting to them, not to the United States.
Your administration has a 100-day schedule but has not yet published it. Granted, the goverment is addressing the delicate challenge of bringing 36 departments together in 21 to form a leaner one. There is no overall premonition for their countries. Even the changed rules of law are still unexpectedly draconic.
In addition, Ms Suu Kyi disconcerted foreign embassies (whom she clearly venerated not so long ago) when she asked the new US embassador not to relate to a prosecuted Islamic minorities with her name, the Rohingyas. Meanwhile, their religion ministers have described Muslims and Hindus in a Buddhaist land as merely "associated citizens".
This attitude does not augur well for what Mrs Suu Kyi says and brings to a conclusion several civilian conflicts with minority groups, particularly in the Myanmar borders. While on 16 May the regime established commissions to pacify the conflict, much remained uncertain, such as the state of the arrangements made with the last regime and the size that the military will grant to Suu Kyi in the pacification proces.
Burma is not yet a regular nation and penalties are still largely in place.