India Urged to Change Policy on Burma

by Salai Pi Pi
The New York based Human Rights Watch has urged the Indian government to change its current policy towards Burma before its elections in 2010.

Brad Adams, Executive Director of HRW’s Asia Division said on Thursday that the world’s largest democracy, India should press Burma to release Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners to usher in genuine political reforms in the country, instead of strengthening its cozy ties with the regime.

“We think the Indian government should reverse it policy and stand for democracy and human rights in Burma,” said Brad Adams in a press conference held in the Women’s Press Club in New Delhi.

Adams said India’s role is important in pushing the Burmese military leaders to hold a genuine election next year while the international community, including Southeast Asian countries criticizes Burma for its human right records and slow pace in restoring democracy.

“India should not accept the forthcoming 2010 election in Burma if the regime does not release detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners,” he said, “No one will take the poll result seriously.”

After the Burmese regime rigged the referendum to approve the constitution in 2008, it announced holding elections next year, which Adam said, will entrench military rule in the country.

Source: http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/3039-india-urged-to-change-policy-on-burma.html

Thursday 12th November 2009

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