Myanmar: A decade of hope wasted?

Bill Hayton wonders if the democractic experiment in Myanmar has come to an end

The World Today Published 4 June 2021 3 minute READ

Ten years ago, on March 30, 2011, the freshly elected president of Myanmar announced the start of a new era in his country’s politics. 

In his inauguration speech, President Thein Sein, a former general, declared that his government would ‘guarantee the fundamental rights of citizens’ and reform laws to enable freedom of expression and other political rights.

 I was one of the thousands of foreigners who flew into the country over the next few years to assist with what we hoped would be a move to a brighter future.

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