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.”
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.