Last Friday, Burma applied for the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The chairmanship rotates between member countries, and as a military dictatorship, Burma has been prohibited from holding the position in the past.
A senior UN diplomat has arrived in Burma to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the recently-elected government.
Last week, the government of Bangladesh blocked a $33 million UN project aimed at poverty alleviation in Cox Bazaar district, near the Burma border.?
Derek Mitchell, the current Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific affairs, is set to become the first US special envoy to Burma according to sources at foreignpolicy.com.
As Burma Human Rights Day on March 13 approaches, PHR welcomes Latvia and Denmark as they join the countries calling for an International Commission of Inquiry to investigate crimes in Burma.