At the end of this week President Thein Sein of Burma will be visiting the UK. He’ll be given red-carpet treatment by the British government, which has hailed him as a reformer.
However, when Thein Sein boards his plane to the UK, he’ll be leaving behind a country which still has one of the worst human rights records in the world. He’ll leave behind hundreds of political prisoners still in jail, where torture is still being used. He’ll be leaving behind his army which continues to kill, to bomb and to rape ethnic civilians. He’ll leave behind camps where ethnic children die because he won’t allow them to get aid.
If all this sounds familiar, it is because many of the abuses committed by the past regime haven’t stopped. In fact, some have even increased since Thein Sein became President. Worse, Human Rights Watch has evidence that ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity have been committed against the ethnic Rohingya minority.
But you won’t hear Prime Minister David Cameron talking about taking action on ethnic cleansing going on in Burma. You won’t hear Foreign Secretary William Hague condemning the widespread use of rape by the Burmese Army. That’s because the British government now takes a rose-tinted view of what is happening in Burma. They talk up the positives, but play down or don’t talk about many of the negatives. They won’t even publicly criticise the Burmese government for human rights abuses any more. The Foreign Office has organised several official visits to promote trade with Burma, but not one to promote human rights.
To highlight how the British government takes a rose-tinted view of the situation in Burma, and to pressure the government to return to a policy where they put human rights first, we are launching a campaign to deliver as many rose-tinted glasses as possible to Foreign Secretary William Hague.
Buy your rose-tinted glasses now!
Please visit www.burmacampaign.org.uk/rose-tinted-glasses now to order a pair of rose-tinted glasses for us to send to William Hague.
Click here to read our new briefing on the serious human rights abuses taking place in Burma since Thein Sein became President: