Burma’s Government’s first 100 days fail to impress on human rights

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Despite encouraging steps, Burma’s new government failed to impress in key human rights areas during its first 100 days in office, FIDH and its member organization ALTSEAN-Burma said today. The two organizations called on the government to establish a national human rights agenda and immediately address key issues of concern.

FIDH president Karim Lahidji said, “In some human rights areas, progress has been slow; in others, key issues have remained unaddressed or been relegated to a low priority status. The government must not fall victim to complacency because of its extraordinary popular support. It must set a clear human rights agenda that contains measurable and time-bound benchmarks to assess whether its objectives have been achieved.”

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FIDH and ALTSEAN-Burma urge the government led by President Htin Kyaw and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to include the following issues as key elements of the administration’s human rights agenda.

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Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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