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Burma: De'ja Vu All Over Again

Recorded on August 14, 2003

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

On May 30, 2003, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the military junta that rules Burma, forcibly detained opposition leader, and Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. The Burmese military released Suu Kyi from house arrest last year in an apparent effort to convince the world that the junta would begin the process of reconciliation. Her re-arrest is a clear demonstration that the military does not intend to relinquish power voluntarily. In response to the unjust detention of Suu Kyi, the Congress and the Administration are imposing a range of stiff sanctions including a ban on all imports from Burma. The panel will discuss the current situation in Burma, American and international sanctions against the military, and methods and means most likely to influence the behavior of the Generals in Rangoon.