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Human rights violations continue in Burma: report

The Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma (ND-Burma) has released a report that highlighting the human rights situation in Burma in the period marking the newly established government of President Thein Sein.

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During his year in office, 415 cases of human rights violations were committed by the USDP-led government and its’ supporters, according to the human rights group.

It said there have been 85 cases of torture, 59 cases of forced labour and 114 cases of confiscation or destruction of property reported.

“If you look at the number of human rights violations documented in this report, you will get a picture of how serious the human rights conditions are in Burma right now, while the international community is applauding the Burmese government’s gestures toward changes,” said Moon Nayli, a member of ND-Burma. “We support the government’s effort to reach peace with the armed ethnic nationality groups, but it has to be done comprehensively and indiscriminately.”

“During this reporting period, the government has done little to improve the human rights situation across the 14 states and regions of Burma, the report said.

“In this time of critical importance, the government should address the past human rights violations in order to uphold the rule of law and to deter the reoccurrence of human rights violations in the future,” said Nai Au Mon, a member of the mnagement board of ND-Burma.

The group said the report does not serve as a representative sampling of all that have taken place in Burma. Because of security concerns, human rights monitoring cannot take place openly, it said.

The report can be viewed at http://www.nd-burma.org/reports/item/93-human-rights-situation-in-burma.html