ASEAN | Freedom House


Hillary Clinton’s impending visit to Burma will be the first by a U.S. secretary of state in 50 years. It comes after a year of tentative reform by a nominally civilian government that has raised hopes for a more comprehensive political opening, but this optimism needs to be tempered by caution.

Freedom House urges the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to improve its new human rights commission by adding a strong protection mechanism as recommended by Indonesia and regional civil society leaders.

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