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U.S. Slated to End Economic Sanctions Against Burma

HeadlineSep 15, 2016

The United States is slated to end economic sanctions against Burma after nearly 20 years. The move follows a meeting at the White House between President Obama and Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The lifting of the sanctions comes as Burma has transitioned to civilian rule, after being ruled for more than 50 years by the military. The Obama administration and Burmese human rights activists are continuing to advocate for changes in Burma’s constitution in order to reduce the military’s power, as well as ensure better treatment for Burma’s ethnic minorities, including the persecuted Rohingya, who are not considered citizens in Burma and are effectively stateless.

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