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ASEAN Urged to Increase Pressure on Burma


A human rights group has called on Asian leaders to increase pressure on Burma to hasten democratic reforms and stop human rights abuses.

The Alternative ASEAN Network for Burma said officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting this week should consider new options in dealing with Burma.

It said leaders should consider supporting a possible resolution on Burma by the United Nations Security Council.

The group also urged ASEAN leaders to acknowledge the many security problems caused by Burma's military regime.

The rights group accuses Burma's government of involvement in illegal drug trafficking and human rights abuses, especially against some ethnic groups in Burma.

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