Despite the presidential visit to Myanmar (Burma) in November last year, much work still lies ahead in Myanmar's struggle to fight repression, get rid off poverty and throw off the military rule that plunged the country in isolation for decades.
Many of the refugees, among which the Shan people, still cannot return to their country. And in the case of the Shan people, with the legal refugee status still not granted by the UN, many face new hostilities in Thailand, and other countries where they have sought refuge.
As the New York Times article mentions, John Siften,from the Human Rights Watch believes:
“I don’t think anybody’s under any illusion that Burma’s arrived, that they’re where they need to be. On the other hand, if we waited to engage until they achieved a perfect democracy, my suspicion is we’d be waiting an awful long time.”
So there is still much work ahead of the Myanmar government on its way to create a nation that is less plagued by poverty, more blessed by happiness and more free!
- Felix for MPG Responsibility Now!
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