Monday, March 31, 2008

Myanmar update

The violence in Myanmar has died down, but the military junta is still waging war against human rights.

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's draft constitution perpetuates military domination
of politics and protects junta members from prosecution for past actions,
according to a copy of the document obtained Monday.
The draft was completed
in February and will go before voters in a May referendum. It has not yet been
made public, but a copy of the 194-page text was obtained by The Associated
The draft charter allots 25 per cent of seats in both houses of
parliament to the military.
It also effectively bars pro-democracy leader
Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president or a lawmaker because she was married
to a foreigner, maintaining a controversial clause from guidelines used to draft
the charter.

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