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.
Last week, the government of Bangladesh blocked a $33 million UN project aimed at poverty alleviation in Cox Bazaar district, near the Burma border.?
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) joined partner organizations in applauding the United States government's announcement to pursue a second term on the UN Human Rights Council.
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.
PHR recently joined other organizations in sending a letter to key Administration officials outlining the priorities the US should take regarding the United Nations Human Rights Council.