The United States will ratchet up pressure on Myanmar

A year after the coup, Washington is working with allies and partners – including Asean – to push the regime to cease violence and restore the country’s path to inclusive democracy.

Anti-riot police facing protesters demonstrating against the regime in Naypyitaw days after the coup on Feb 1 last year. The US will continue providing life-saving humanitarian assistance, and invest more in Myanmar’s next generation of pro-democracy leaders as it re-centres its aid programmes to empower Myanmar’s civil society, says the writer, who is US State Department Counselor. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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One year ago, the Burmese (Myanmar) military launched a coup that reversed a decade of democratic and economic gains and led this country at the heart of Asia to the brink of collapse.

The past year has been disastrous: the regime has killed nearly 1,500 people, detained more than 10,000, tortured or sexually abused countless innocents, and displaced over 400,000 inside Burma, leading to thousands more fleeing to neighbouring countries.

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