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For Immediate Release: 8 July 2011

REPORT CARD ON BURMESE PRESIDENT THEIN SEIN’S FIRST 100 DAYS:
WORDS NOT MATCHED BY ACTIONS

Bangkok - One hundred days after assuming the presidency in Burma, former General Thein Sein has failed to take any meaningful steps towards political, legal, and economic reforms. Thein Sein’s policies have been a continuation of the State Peace and Development Council’s programs.

In a five-page briefer, the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma) revealed that it was “business as usual” for the Burmese military despite President Thein Sein’s much-promoted image as a “softliner”.

The briefer found that the Tatmadaw continued to commit crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma against both urban and rural populations. Tatmadaw troops continued to attack, kill, and rape ethnic civilians, while over 2,000 political prisoners continued to be detained under atrocious conditions.

“If this is Thein Sein in his first 100 days, one dreads to think what the rest of the year is going to be like for the people of Burma,” said ALTSEAN-Burma’s Coordinator, Debbie Stothard. “His actions and policies seem to be exactly the opposite of the promises he made.”

The briefer can be downloaded here

For more information, please call +668 1686 1652 or +668 1850 9008

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