Burma Campaign UK, a human rights advocacy group, has urged the European Union to refrain from lifting further sanctions on Burma citing the deteriorating situation in Shan State.
“There is no doubt that there have been dramatic changes in Burma in the past two years, and that there is opportunity for further change which must be encouraged. However, European Union members have a tendency to highlight the positives while ignoring some important and harsh realities on the ground.” The group said.
“A careful balance needs to be struck between encouragement and continued pressure of various kinds. The European Union is not getting that balance right.”
The European Union is currently reviewing its policy on Burma, including whether to continue with the suspension of EU sanctions or to lift them. The final decision is set for the 22nd of April.