Monday, April 14, 2008

Myanmar update

BRUSSELS, April 14 (Reuters) - A United Nations investigator dismissed Myanmar's plans for a May 10 constitutional referendum as "surreal" on Monday and said he saw no credible moves towards political transition in the military-ruled country.

"The government continues detaining people and repressing people who are trying to do some campaigning for a 'no' in the referendum," Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said in an interview.

A transition in that nation, while desired by many, seems unlikely the way things have been going. But it can be done.
Speaking in Brussels, Pinheiro said Myanmar had seen none of the liberalisation of political transitions in Asia, Latin America, Eastern or Southern Europe.

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