US urges Myanmar to ensure democracy

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The United States has urged the Myanmar authorities to take further steps to ensure everyone has full and equal access to the opportunities and the benefits of a democratic society.

“For decades, the United States has stood with the people of Myanmar in their pursuit of peace, freedom, and justice,” said Rex W Tillerson, secretary of state, in a press statement on Wednesday.

Tillerson said the US remains committed to helping advance Myanmar’s democratic transition, and continue to support the civilian government in efforts to end decades of conflict; strengthen respect for human rights, transparency, and rule of law; and foster inclusive economic development.

“On behalf of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to President Htin Kyaw and the people of Myanmar on the occasion of Myanmar’s Independence Day on 4 January 2018,” said the US secretary of state.

Roughly 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled what United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called a “humanitarian and human rights nightmare” late last summer.

The Rohingya are an ethnic Muslim minority group of about one million people living largely in the western Rakhine state of Myanmar.

Most have now fled into refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, which Rae has described as “deplorably overcrowded.”