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Burma’s 2010 Elections: A Comprehensive Report

By The Burma Fund - UN Office  •  January 31, 2011

A report released by the Burma Fund UN Office for the opening of Burma’s first Parliament, documents the widespread political repression and human rights abuses marring the electoral process in the country’s first elections in more than 20 years. It shows that none of the fundamental requirements for free and fair elections exist in Burma, and instead of heralding in positive change, the elections brought about a deepening of Burma’s human rights crisis.

Through media reports, interviews and documentation from networks operating clandestinely inside the country, a comprehensive analysis of the entire election period is provided. The 46-page report details the human rights abuses occurring in the lead up to the elections, on the election day itself, and in the post-election period. At every step of the way, standards for free, fair and credible elections were not met and the predictable result of an overwhelming majority by the military backed Union Solidarity and Development Party was a foregone conclusion.

The 2010 election was a national deception and must be recorded as a dark chapter in Burma’s modern history. The entire electoral process was controlled and manipulated by the military from the very beginning. Evidence in this report proves, without doubt, that this election was neither free nor fair and failed to reflect the will of the people”, says the Burma Fund UN Office Director, Dr Thaung Htun.

Download full report here.

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