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Britain Says Burma's Human Rights Record Unchanged - 2004-11-11


Britain's foreign secretary's office says Burma has made little progress on human rights issues in the past year.

In an annual report issued Wednesday, the Foreign Office highlighted the continued detainment of democracy leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and her deputy, U Tin Oo, and noted that foreign envoys have not been given access to speak with them. The report said in addition to those detentions, Burma's military government continues to harass democracy supporters and their families.

The report also noted Burma still hands down the death penalty in court, although it allowed that such a sentence has not been carried out in over two decades.

The report calls on Burma's military government to begin dialogue with opposition groups in order to improve the situation.

Information for this report is provided by AP and British Foreign Office.

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