With one hand, the government has continued to strip away the layers of arbitrary regulation used to muffle dissent for nearly five decades, while officials have been seeking to harness the country’s expanding media landscape
The international community must recognise that for true democracy to take hold, the constitution must be amended to reflect the will of the Burmese people rather than the political designs of the military
While Burma’s quasi-civilian government has come up with yet another proposal to hold talks with the Kachin Independence Army, the Burmese army is trying to bring the recalcitrant Kachins to their knees once and for all
Although President Thein Sein has been awarded several prizes from international organisations for instituting reforms, the draconian laws that were used to persecute activists are still on the books while the government continues to harass and arrest protestors
The US has always claimed to be concerned about the Burmese people’s welfare, but the rapprochement between the country and Burma seems to be more fueled by the US government’s strategic geopolitical concerns
The Foreign Investment Law’s greatest drawback is not the restrictions, but the lack of clarity on many important issues, which are either left to the discretion of the MIC or the rules and regulations of the ministries.
Governments that wish to engage with the Burmese government should make sure that their actions support substantive reforms so that any changes are more than just a veneer that obscures the ongoing oppression of ethnic minority groups