Lost? Burma is just west of China, bordered to the west by the Bay of Bengal.
Despite heartening news of reforms in Burma over the past two years, recurring violence and looming humanitarian crises call into question both the government’s ability and willingness to protect civilians.
High-level United Nations officials and independent human rights groups have reported evidence of direct state complicity in ethnic cleansing and severe human rights abuses, blocking of humanitarian aid, and incitement of anti-Muslim violence that constitutes ominous warning signs of genocide.
Yet, the international community continues to reward the Burmese government with lifted sanctions, high-level diplomatic visits, and overtures of increased economic and military cooperation.
Reforms made should be recognized, but moving too fast, ignoring the ongoing abuses, puts in danger both the civilians currently being targeted and the hopes for reforms that will actually last.