Trip Report 2013
Last year’s PSRB trip report announced the dawning of the Burmese spring; since then there have been astonishing developments in a country that seemed for so many years frozen in time. Despite the compromised elections in November 2010, and the resultant new parliament, dominated by military and ex military, an unfolding Burmese summer, has seen many longed for freedoms for the people. Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, or “the lady”, is now allowed to travel out side the country She has received honours from the international community, was elected to the parliament and given significant roles in it. Her good understanding with President Thein Sein, his reforms of increased press freedom, the lifting of travel restrictions, amnesty for political prisoners, an end to forced labour, a 25 year old ban on public gatherings lifted, have given people hope that the bad old days are gone forever. The international community consequently has lifted trade sanctions, forgiven debts and invested heavily. In 2015 Myanmar will have the chairmanship of ASEAN.
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