Naypyitaw: Myanmar’s military government hit out at critics who have accused it of human rights abuses and said it is making progress towards democracy.
“By taking advantage of the worries of the international community, anti-government groups within and outside the country are making false accusations and attacks against the government,” Information Minister Brigadier General Kyaw Hsan said yesterday.
Speaking at the first news conference for foreign journalists held at the country’s new capital, Naypyitaw, Kyaw Hsan also said a draft of guidelines for drawing up a new constitution “is near completion.”
But he was vague with details, saying only the still unresolved basic guidelines for drafting the charter would be adopted at the next session of the national convention.
The convention is the first stage of a seven-step road map to democracy that is supposed to lead to new elections, and the restoration of democracy, at a still to be specified date in the future. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962.
“We know that the international community has some worries about the implementation of the seven-step road map,” said Kyaw Hsan.
The current junta, which took power in 1988 after crushing pro-democracy demonstrations, held a general election in 1990 but refused to recognise the results after a landslide victory by the National League for Democracy party of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.