Friday, July 8, 2011

[Altsean-Burma] Report card on Burmese President Thein Sein's first 100 days: Words not matched by actions

For Immediate Release: 8 July 2011

REPORT CARD ON BURMESE PRESIDENT THEIN SEIN'S FIRST 100 DAYS: WORDS
NOT MATCHED BY ACTIONS

Bangkok - One hundred days after assuming the presidency in Burma,
former General Thein Sein has failed to take any meaningful steps
towards political, legal, and economic reforms. Thein Sein's policies
have been a continuation of the State Peace and Development Council's programs.

In a five-page briefer, the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma
(ALTSEAN-Burma) revealed that it was "business as usual" for the
Burmese military despite President Thein Sein's much-promoted image
as a "softliner."

The briefer found that the Tatmadaw continued to commit crimes
against humanity and war crimes in Burma against both urban and rural
populations. Tatmadaw troops continued to attack, kill, and rape
ethnic civilians, while over 2,000 political prisoners continued to
be detained under atrocious conditions.

"If this is Thein Sein in his first 100 days, one dreads to think
what the rest of the year is going to be like for the people of
Burma," said ALTSEAN-Burma's Coordinator, Debbie Stothard. "His
actions and policies seem to be exactly the opposite of the promises he made."

The briefer can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/okzuw8

For more information, please call +668 1686 1652 or +668 1850 9008

ENDS

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