Staffer Zaw Win featured the reaction of exiled Burmese democracy groups to U.N Human Rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro’s call for the international community to drop its high expectations for change in Burma.
Pinheiro instead recognized the incremental changes taking place in the country.
In a report to the U.N Human Rights Commission, Pinheiro urged countries to engage, and not isolate, Rangoon. Salai Zacculian of Chin National League for Democracy, and now residing in Canada, told VOA that a true federal union will be the answer for Burma’s future and it is still a long way to go.
Moe Zaw Aung, secretary of the Bangkok-based National Council of the Union of Burma, also said there is no substantial progress in terms of the national reconciliation process.
Saw David Taw, Foreign Affairs chief of the Bangkok-based National Democratic Alliance, said the people of Burma should be allowed to enjoy basic freedoms first.