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Washington Post questions US President Barack Obama's embrace of Myanmar. US President Obama (L) hugs Myanmar opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during the joint press conference at Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon, Myanmar, November 14, 2014. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

In a critical editorial published on March 14, The Washington Post questions US President Barack Obama’s embrace and concessions for Myanmar in the face of what it says is the regime’s failure to keep its promises.

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President of Myanmar, Thein Sein (L) meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) in 10 Downing Street, London, Britain, 15 July 2013. Photo: EPA
Myanmar President U Thein Sein (L) meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) in 10 Downing Street, London, Britain, July 15, 2013. Photo: San Tan/EPA

The British Foreign Office claims there are “a number of worrying setbacks” in Myanmar’s reform process, according to a report just released.

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Former US President George W Bush (L) and his wife Laura. Photo: George W. Bush via Facebook

Former US president George W. Bush on March 12 hit out at a crackdown on student-led protests in Myanmar which have sparked international alarm, calling for the swift release of those arrested.

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Ma Wahkushee Tenner of the Women’s League of Burma, left, on visit to Canada. Photo: Inter Pares
Ma Wahkushee Tenner of the Women’s League of Burma, left, on visit to Canada. Photo: Inter Pares

Two ethnic women from Myanmar testified at the Canadian Parliament on March 10, calling for Canadian pressure on the Myanmar government to end systematic human rights abuses, particularly sexual violence, by the Myanmar military, according to Inter Pares, a Canadian social justice organisation on March 11.

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Police crack down on the students protest in Letpadan, Bago Region, Myanmar, March 10, 2015. Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima
Police crack down on the students protest in Letpadan, Bago Region, Myanmar, March 10, 2015. Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima

Burma Campaign UK is calling on the British government, European Union, USA and other donors to conduct a full review of all their direct and indirect assistance to the government of Myanmar, to ensure that international aid is not being used to modernise and improve the institutions of an authoritarian regime, instead of assisting a genuine transition to democracy.

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Police officers at an EU-sponsored training course conducted at the Myanmar Police Force Battalion (8) at Hmawbi, north of Yangon, on November 5, 2013. Photo: Mizzima
Police officers at an EU-sponsored training course conducted at the Myanmar Police Force Battalion (8) at Hmawbi, north of Yangon, on November 5, 2013. Photo: Mizzima

The European Union has criticised Myanmar after baton-wielding police dispersed a student rally and arrested dozens of protesters in a crackdown.