VOA Burmese Blog

May 3, 2012

The EU and the US Easing Sanctions on Burma

The United States and the European Union have said that it will follow and reward Burma’s democratic reforms, and they have been bargaining. As the new government led by President Thein Sein enacted in a series of democratic changes such as granting amnesty on some political prisoners and announcing greater press freedom, the United States, Australia, European Union including Norway, Britain have rewarded those reforms by lifting some long-standing sanctions against Burma.

During the 1990’s, the European Union and America imposed sanctions on Burma for its human rights abuses. Sanctions on Burma drove the country closer to its big superpower neighbor, China, and the Burmese government is looking forward to attract more foreign investors as analysts disclose the Burmese government’s growing exhaustion of China taking advantage of its resources. The videos show case the World Bank’s forum on Burma’s progress towards economic reforms discussing the removal of the sanctions and the humanitarian issues that still face the country.

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  1. Thoroughly enjoyed watching these pieces on economics in the country. Thanks for putting it up in English as well so I can follow and share the pieces.

    Comment by win — June 4, 2012 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  2. thank for you
    i,m watch you program
    so very good
    i,m, need your help
    why not? i,m learn to Constitution
    i,m went to know united state constitution
    can you have to this constitution book
    please sand to my mail
    thank you

    Comment by htainwin — July 18, 2012 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Ko Htain Win. Hmm…I’ll try to send it to you, and your comment just made me think to perhaps write a blog post on the US constitution. Thanks again for writing. – Kaye

      Comment by voaburmese — July 18, 2012 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

      • i,m was so happy
        because i,m read your letter
        i,m be wating to your sand
        thank so much for you

        Comment by htainwin — July 19, 2012 @ 10:39 am

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