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US Senate Approves Burma Sanctions - 2004-06-25


The U.S. Senate has voted (96-1) to renew economic sanctions against Burma for another year.

The measure, which now goes to President Bush for final approval, is a renewal of the Burma Freedom and Democracy Act.

The act, which was approved last week by the U.S. House of Representatives, is intended to press the military government in Rangoon to improve its human-rights record.

Congress first passed the legislation last year, after an attack on a motorcade carrying Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner was detained following the incident, and is currently under house arrest. Her deputy, Tin Oo, also remains under similar confinement.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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