Freedom for Burma – Jody Williams

From The Wall Street Journal:

With tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators bravely protesting on the streets of Burma, the world’s attention has finally turned to that Southeast Asian country and the brutal military dictatorship that controls it. Burma’s military junta, which changed the country’s name to , crushed a nascent democracy movement in 1988, and then refused to cede power to Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party after their overwhelming electoral victory in 1990.

Before the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, President Bush called for tough new sanctions against the Burmese regime and asked member nations to help bring an end to its “19-year reign of fear.” But don’t expect China, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, to add its voice to the call for change. While world focus has rightly been on Chinese economic and military support for the Sudanese government’s war against the people of Darfur, its involvement with other despotic regimes goes largely unnoticed. The Burmese people, however, understand clearly China’s role in their continued oppression. [Full Text]

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