Obama: Human Rights Violations Persist in Burma


source from Irrawaddy news, 17 Nov 2011

US President Barack Obama, top second from right, addresses the Australian Parliament on the second day of his two-day visit to Australia, on Nov.17. (Photo: Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama says violations of human rights persist in Burma and nations must build support for the fundamental rights of every human being.

Obama notes in a speech to the Australian Parliament on Thursday that democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is currently free from house arrest and some political prisoners have been released.

But he says violations of human rights persist in Burma. He said the United States will “continue to speak clearly” about steps that must be taken by Burma “to have a better relationship with the United States.”

The US has called for release of all political prisoners, an end to conflict in minority areas and greater transparency regarding Burma relations with North Korea.

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