Myanmar’s 2010 Elections: A human rights perspective

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Introduction: On the heels of elections in the UK, perhaps interest is piqued for a discussion on elections elsewhere, even if the only obvious similarity between the UK and our subject today, is that the voices of the electorate in both countries deserve to be heard and respected.

As you are all aware, later this year Myanmar will hold its first national elections since 1990, when the NLD party led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi won a resounding victory, but was denied the opportunity to take office.  In the two decades since that time, those elections have dogged the government of Myanmar both domestically and internationally.  This year’s elections thus present an opportunity for the government to place 1990 firmly behind them, pursuant to its self-styled ‘Roadmap to Democracy’.

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