Is Myanmar Finally Becoming A Democracy?

Is Myanmar Finally Becoming A Democracy?


After nearly 50 years of being ruled as a
military dictatorship, Myanmar began its transition towards a democratic government in 2010. Now,
the country is seeing a general election, which may just threaten the remaining military
power controlling the quasi-democracy. So we wanted to know, is Myanmar going through
a political revolution? To bring you up to speed: Myanmar has been
marred by severe human rights abuses, including violence against Muslim minority groups, and
a long-time crackdown on political dissent. The current opposition leader, Aung San Suu
Kyi, was placed under house arrest for a total of fifteen years, while her party gained popularity
against the military status quo. During the country’s first, post-junta, general election
in 2010, Suu Kyi was barred from running. Her party boycotted the election, leading
to the instatement of former military commander, Thein Sein, as President. The UN and a number
of western countries have called the 2010 election unfair and fraudulent. Today, a number of similar issues still exist.
Although Suu Kyi is free, the country’s post-military constitution prevents her from
serving as President. Article 59 states that anyone with family who pledges allegiance
to another country cannot become President or Vice President. And… Suu Kyi’s two
children are foreign citizens. However, her party has promised to contest the prohibition
in this election, if her party wins enough parliamentary seats. The constitution also
allocates a quarter of parliamentary seats to the military, making it much harder to
transition away from a military junta towards a free democracy. But it isn’t just Suu Kyi and others who
cannot stand as candidates; many Muslims in Myanmar, including the most persecuted people
in the world, Rohingya Muslims, are ineligible to vote. They are not accepted as citizens
by the predominantly Buddhist government, and have seen extreme violence – displacing
hundreds of thousands. Some 760,000 people may be prevented from voting after not being
reissued registration cards on the basis of their ethnicity and religion. Although some are calling this election Myanmar’s
latest attempt at freedom and democracy, it is clear that there are severe imbalances
preventing significant forward progress. Until all of Myanmar’s people can vote, and until
the military is separated from the internal workings of its government, it is doubtful
that the country will achieve its future goals. Rohingya Muslims face widespread oppression
at the hands of Myanmar’s Buddhist government, but why? Watch our video to find out. Thanks
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100 Comments on "Is Myanmar Finally Becoming A Democracy?"


  1. Lol let me know when the US becomes a democracy. A more accurate description would be a oligarchy. Maybe a 2 party dictatorship where all other parties are suppressed ignored or co opted. But we're the exceptional nation so we can spy on our citizens and push propaganda on them through tools like test tube.

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  2. Till Now we are not SAFE in my Land, Still we are refugee. Till now we can't allow to Vote. reason we are Rohingya Muslim…

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  3. No it is not becoming a democracy … This country has not seen progress of any kind in this department for 100 years plus – until the country can religious peace there will never be peace.

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  4. The political correctness is sickening. Buddhism preaches the tolerance of other religions and beliefs. The Buddhists haven't pressured Hindus/Christians/Jews (historically, a very persecuted people, needless to say), but it has pressured Islam.
    Now rather just saying, they're racist, or intolerant. THINK, USE YOUR GODDAMN BRAINS. I'll let you find your own reason for why this is their policy. As it ought to be obvious to the astute among you.
    Myanmar's government are smart, I commend their policy with Islam, I wish its neighbour, India, would adopt it for goodness sake. Islam was definitely a force for good there cough Porkistan cough.

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  5. Can you do a video of 'Why is the world' economy declining?'. Because my parents always told me things are getting more expensive while wages are getting lower, I want to learn more about it. Thanks 😀

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  6. Stop calling Rohingya most persecuted people. They are persecuted but not to the extent of other minorities under persecution by muslims like yazzidies.

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  7. i immediately scrolled down to see if i was the only one thinking dirty thoughts about our fair ladies bosom. <3

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  8. Based Buddhists. They know the evils of Islam. If Moslems gain a foothold of power they would ban all religions,except their own. I wonder why Moslems are still present under a Buddhist government, however?

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  9. Luckily the NLD has gotten a lot of votes so far (90% according to BBC), so it looks like there is a big possibility that there will be a democracy in Myanmar!

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  10. "Is Myanmar going through a political revolution?" Last time you said that a country was going through a political revolution, the N.D.P. lost miserably not even getting official opposition.

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  11. ျမန္မာနုိင္ငံမွာ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာဆုိတာ ဘယ္ေတာ့မွ မရွိခဲ႕ဘူး…ဘဂၤါလီကုလားေတြပဲရွိတယ္ ခုိး၀င္လာတဲ႔ေကာင္ေတြ

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  12. haha. That's funny. Myanmar cannot be democratic country. In the latest election, Muslims were banned to vote in Myanmar by the Nobel peace price winner. Myanmar is at the bottom of the human rights. Muslims get killed by those so called 'democratic people' in Myanmar but what Europe and America does? Nothing, they are only watching them to kill Muslims. And As usual, Europe and America call these actions as a good step towards democracy.. West is going to fucked up so hard. I hope, more and more immigrants go and settle in Europe so racist people will show their real Hitler face again.

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  13. Myanmar is racist nations. that bitch Aung san suu kyi is so fake. she do nothing when the military killing rohingya.

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  14. Test tube… Are you pro-islamic?? Keep mentioning about rohingyas being suppressed.. why never talk about the saffron uprising in 2007 that ended in bloodbath??

    Let me be very clear with everyone.. Be very fair with what you represent and do research before talk about things like this.. Myanmar people regardless of color, race, religion.. have had enjoyed the suppression for more than 3 decades under military rule.. and what does white people say about it.. of cos.. they focus more on the muslims….

    Rakhine state is now.. 90% muslim.. Pretty sure much are myanmar citizens, some rohingyas, some rakhine muslims but there are illegals as well.. afterall, it's on border with bangladesh and such issues would exist.. If we are indeed cracking down on muslim populations… We would be easily do so in any other states and kill all muslims by day 7.. we can.. They enjoy their minority status Hell a lot better in myanmar than a buddhist would enjoy in Malaysia (a secular muslim country) for example.

    So you know.. i know you white people all wanna be politically correct and all (considering what you have done for the last 10 centuries and now suddenly want to act saint) but you know.. what's gotta be done, gotta be done.. You still have to defend your family, country men and culture from possible threats and yes.. illegal muslims there.. Must not VOTE.. Sorry..

    Look at what happened in france.. Look at what's gonna happen throughout europe.. People died because you white people didn't do what's necessary.. People died because you let wrong people in.. People died because of your wrong decisions and political correctness.. and you will Go through this, tolerate this again and again until you lose your nukes one day.. I mean you can say you don't believe me.. you just wait.. it's going in this direction..

    I want a democracy but Not the pussy version of your western pussy democracy see..?

    As for muslims, I don't necessarily think they are bad people.. I don't necessarily think the religion is the problem.. But it's the choice of those people who take what they want from the book. For me, I have muslims friends who never uttered "Allah" in my face and go on their lives like normal people. And i think the rest of the populations just wanna go on their lives peacefully.. But when a muslim puts TOO MUCH of his religion forward.. I see a problem.. You don't have to get an ak-47 and kill people to become a terrorist.. you can be partly terrorist to our eyes by putting your religious bullshit in everyone face, by not condemning such dirty acts, by staying silent and by blaming everyone (for being islamophobic) but your own people.. then yes, we have a problem.. you will enjoy more harmony with the rest of the world who believes different things or you can fight.. choose.. apparently..

    i see the problem of the muslim world is not that the muslims are necessarily bad people but too many leaders preaching wrong things.. Cut their heads off and the population will go in the peaceful path from that point on.. They don't have the single peaceful authority like the pope from christian counterpart.. It needs to happen..

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  15. Why don't you do a story on Muslims girl are not allow to go to school in Muslim country. You Muslim don't even respect each other and busy killing each other. Why would any county want that kind of uncivilized people into their country.

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  16. lol, this is cheap strategy of Myanmar to release embargo from US, Aung San Suu Kyi now at 70 year old , she is too old to take control all country, the military still take over , she cant do something

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  17. Christ I hope they do. Then there is hope for the rest of the world. Unfortunately we are all too familiar with questionable elections like Russia and Iran. And please don't respond to this with something stupid like "…yeah and America". I get elections aren't perfect, but there is an ocean of difference between the 2000 election with a margin of less than 1% and a sweeping victory for a dictator.

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  18. The elections are fraudulent… Suu Kyi has been denied being President due to a bogus constitution. How can it be a democracy when so many minorities can not vote and the military has 25% of the seats. Still, progress has been made if you consider not as many are being tortured – killed.. raped… displaced and dispossessed. There still exists political prisoners.. but there is more freedom among people. The distribution of wealth is woeful with most of the countries resources being pilfered by the Junta and the Chinese and Indians. This is a clayton's democracy the democracy you have when you have no democracy. The notion of democracy the apology for democracy that is now … does not bode well for a full democracy. It is progress of a kind…where a vague hope exists.

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  19. i agree send the muslims back to their country, agreed also should be banned in the us, their threats to overthrow the govt, are intolerable

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  20. Can't stop my self looking at those huge pair. Boy they are huge. Good Job Lissette!

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  21. Military Hunta? I think its Junta? And the Rohingya came in as illegals. Do you let illegal mexicans vote in american elections? That has nothing to do with being muslims.

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  22. The people of Burma dumbest people in the world savages heck you kill children , women and elderly mercilessly Woe to you , O people of Burma

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  23. Muslims are fanatical and shouldn't be allowed to vote. I hope president-elect Trump does something about this!

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  24. Jesus , the real suffering minorities are Kachin and other in Kachin and Northern Shan State. And you just cover that Rohingya issue. Army has nothing to rob from Rohingya. There are Jade and Gems stone and teak forest in those minorities area. You just cover the issue of who you paid.

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  25. Will the invaders go back to their space if 10000 Madaced soldiers die?  The leaders of the Nazca are the Myanma and the French.  I think maybe the Madaced soldiers killed 10000 Cricket Human soldiers.  The invaders can not kill everyone in this space.  It is genocide if the invaders kill everyone in this space.

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  26. Never ever say Military dictatorship. Military plays a vital role in every country. Military is a must in a current situation in Myanmar.

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