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Justice For Human Rights In Burma Reacts To Bush Speech - 2003-09-08


Dr. Sein Myint, a member of the Board of Advisors for a U.S.-based Burmese pro-democracy group -- Justice for Human Rights in Burma -- expressed his views on President Bush's televised address Sunday (September 7) night.

He said he felt that criticism of the Bush administration's role in post-war Iraq from some members of the Congress and democrats in the nation as well as by some foreign nations has forced the president to chart out his substantive plan for Iraq and for anti-terrorism drive.

Dr. Sein Myint also said although both former Iraq and present day Burma are similar in terms of the type of government -- a dictator in the person of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and a military dictatorship for Burma -- yet, he would like to differ with some Burmese exile opposition leaders calling on the U.S. to intervene militarily in Burma.

He said he objects this strategy because unlike Iraq, Burma has a duly elected body of members of parliament in the 1990 multi-party election and the majority are from the National League for Democracy party headed by Nobel laureate and popular leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Dr. Sein Myint said he would like to call on the Bush administration to help Burma move towards democracy by first pressuring the military government in Rangoon to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and to engage in a political dialogue with her as soon as possible.

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