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Myanmar on Human Rights, Democracy
- Subject: Myanmar on Human Rights, Democracy
- From: suriya@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 08 Nov 1998 01:23:00
Subject: Myanmar on Human Rights, Democracy Concepts
Myanmar on Human Rights,
YANGON (Nov. 7) XINHUA - "Human rights for a third world
Myanmar mean the rights to enjoy the basic human
requirements such as
security, food and shelter," a latest Myanmar official
The report on the political situation of Myanmar, issued by
the Office of
Strategic Studies of the Defence Ministry, commented that
human rights mean to
various nations with different economic, social, historical,
cultural and traditional
"Myanmar is at the moment trying to fulfil these basic
essential requirements and
after that it will move on to another set of necessities
such as health and
education followed by economic development," the report said.
Challenging the United States in its commitment and
obligation in fulfilling the
basic human rights, the report said that security can never
be guaranteed in most
of the U.S. cities, citing security after dark, starvation
on streets and death of
homeless people during the winter season there.
The report claimed that Myanmar does not have homeless
people who die of
being neglected by their own government which is
implementing the project
called "From Huts to Proper Houses Scheme."
It pointed out that the Western's nations theory of
democracy has not only failed
in many developing countries but created instability and
"Myanmar must and will start to build up her democratic
institution with a solid
foundation first and from there on it will expand and
develop into a much higher
level," it stressed, saying that no country in the world can
expect to achieve a
functioning democracy in a reverse way like expecting or
forcing a child to run
first before learning how to walk properly.
It also charged that in the U.S. the basic universal human
rights such as security
and protection of citizens, properties and lives have been
sidetracked by other individual rights.
Criticizing the sanctions and other pressures imposed by the
U.S. and the
European Union (EU) on Myanmar, the report said these moves
West's real intention, which is "hypocrisy but not democracy
and might is right
but not human right."
The U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Myanmar in May 1997,
investments in the country, while the EU restricted visa
issue in 1996 to
Myanmar high-level officials, freezing on contacts at
ministerial level and on an
embargo on the sale of military equipment to the country.
The EU sanctions
were extended to further six months since April this year.
Regarding the internal political situation in Myanmar, it
predicted that the
demand for the freedom to exercise full political rights
will come when Myanmar
reaches a more mature stage where the unity of the 135
ethnic groups living in
the country becomes stronger and when the fundamental needs
of the population
have been fulfilled to a much higher level.
"Myanmar must and should be at her very stage of development
national unity, peace, stability and developing her economy
with an aim of
creating a strong middle class," the report emphasized.
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