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Witness to US Congress: No Human Rights Improvement in Burma


A congressional committee in Washington heard testimony Thursday that Burma has made no human rights progress in the past year.

Congressman Chris Smith, who chairs the House Subcommittee dealing with human rights issues, included Burma on a list of countries with governments that have made no significant efforts to satisfy minimum standards to prevent human trafficking and enslavement.

One witness, Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch, said there has been very little good news in Burma. He said democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest, and more than a thousand political prisoners are are subject to torture.

Mr. Malinowski called for an investigation to hold specific Burmese officials and military officers accountable in a future international court.

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