Persecution Continues: Political Reform in Myanmar May Not Be The Progress We Think It Is

When Myanmar president Thein Sein made a state visit to London last July, the British foreign secretary congratulated him on Myanmar’s slew of recent reforms: direct government censorship of the media had been abolished the year before; the newly free Aung San Suu Kyi had been permitted to win a seat in parliament; and since becoming president in 2011, Thein Sein had released 1,300 political prisoners.Along with cautious praise, the British government presented Thein Sein with millions t … [Read more...]