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AFP, JAKARTA

Myanmar is a constant source of embarrassment for ASEAN’s more democratic states, trumping other problem members such as communist Vietnam and Laos, which have significant human rights issues of their own.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in November shortly after an election, -Myanmar’s first in 20 years, that led to the handover of power from the military to a nominally civilian government.

Her release was welcomed worldwide, but Western governments who impose sanctions on Myanmar want the new government to do more to demonstrate its commitment to human rights.

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