Even a cursory knowledge of international current affairs will tell you that Burma is one of the worst offenders when it comes to human rights abuse. The basic freedoms and rights that most people enjoy and even take for granted cannot be imagined for most of the Burmese population. Theirs is a society where fear of random execution, imprisonment, and intellectual and educational suppression is only too common. Of course, these conditions are recognized throughout the world. The United Nations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International publish regular reports of human rights abuse of the Burmese. Recommendations are made to the ruling military junta (the so-called State Peace and Development Council) and just as often, no positive response is seen. As a consequence, both the United States and the European Union impose regular sanctions against Burma, in the hope of enforcing fundamental change.
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