Reports from Burma(Myanmar) indicate the new government of President Thein Sein has taken several steps which increase the parameters of freedom in the country. His latest move was to allow the National League for Democracy, which is led by Nobel Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi to participate once again in the electoral process. Of course, no one knows exactly what that will translate into when an election is held. Does it mean full freedom to submit candidates, does it mean if the party wins it can assume control of the government or does it mean a mock election in which Sein is guaranteed victory?
About 200 of an estimated 2,000 political prisoners have been released. However, reports still reveal torture of prisoners and beating of those who oppose the regime in power. Derek Mitchell, the US special envoy to Myanmar hopes the US will be able to provide economic assistance and relax bans on travel by Burmese leaders. We await coming steps in Burma.