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US Says Burma's Human Rights Record Has Worsened


The U.S. State Department says Burma's human rights record worsened over the past year, calling it "deplorable."

In its annual report on Supporting Human Rights and Democracy, the State Department said Burmese security forces continued to commit extrajudicial killings, rape and forced relocation of citizens in 2005.

It also said the government continued to treat any form of political opposition with hostility and repression. It said that while the government released 368 political prisoners in 2005, it arrested about 200 others.

The report said citizens of Burma do not have the right to change their government and noted the military junta barred the main opposition party from its National Convention last year.

The report also said there was no change in what it called the government's "scant respect for religious freedom."

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