Opinion: Obama must hold Myanmar’s Thein Sein accountable for human rights violations

Christian Science Monitor, May 20

By William Shaw, Op-ed contributor, M. Zuhdi Jasser, Op-ed contributor, Azizah al-Hibri, Op-ed contributor / May 20, 2013

When President Obama meets with President Thein Sein of Myanmar (Burma) today, he should emphasize Washington’s commitment to Myanmar’s progress, while stressing the importance of preventing discrimination and violence against ethnic minority Muslims and Christians.

When the president of Myanmar (Burma), Thein Sein, meets withPresident Obama at the White House today, he will undoubtedly stress how his government has taken steps toward democratic reform. Indeed, in recent years, Myanmar has released hundreds of religious and political prisoners. It has eased Internet and media controls. It has held limited parliamentary elections.kly Digital Edition

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