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sexta-feira, setembro 28, 2007

Burma's


Sayadaw
, uma das personalidades mais respeitadas no mundo do Budismo, morreu em 29 de Novembro de 2003. Na foto, tirada em 1995, com Aung San Suu Kyi, durante o período da sua primeira detenção domiciliária. Aung San Suu Kyi ficou conhecida no palco internacional como símbolo de heroicidade e resistência pacífica perante a opressão. Prémio Nobel da Paz em 1991, altura em que foi detida na residência por seis anos.
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Burma's human rights record has been rated one of the worst in the world after Algeria.
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A actual crise teve início a 19 de Agosto com protestos contra o aumento do preço do combustível e subiu de tom quando os monges se juntaram aos manifestantes.
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About Burma
Key facts about Burma, which is experiencing the largest protests since a failed democracy uprising in 1988.
Country
Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a Southeast Asian nation bordered by Bangladesh and India to the west, China to the north and Thailand and Laos to the east and southeast. Its total land area is 262,000 square miles, or slightly smaller than Texas. Its population is 54 million.
Politics
Myanmar has been ruled by the military since 1962. Dictator Ne Win was replaced in 1988 by another group of generals who crushed a pro-democracy movement that left thousands dead. The junta held general elections in 1990, but refused to honor the results when Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won. Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for almost 12 of the past 18 years. In 1993, the government launched a self-described, seven-step democratic "road map." The first step was finished in September with the completion of guidelines for a new constitution. No date for a referendum on the constitution or elections has been set
Economy

Once Southeast Asia's most prosperous country, Myanmar today is one of the world's 20 poorest nations, with a per capita income of about $200. Burma, Somalia ranked most corrupt
Burma and Somalia have been ranked as the most corrupt nations in Transparency International's 2007 index, adding pressure to the Southeast Asian country's military regime as it faces the biggest anti-government protests in nearly two decades.
Transparency International's 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index scored 180 countries based on the degree to which corruption is perceived among public officials and politicians.
Burma, also known as Myanmar, and Somalia received the lowest score of 1.4 out of 10.

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