Easing Sanctions Against Burma — With Limits

Law360, New York (July 16, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT) -- On July 11, 2012, the Obama administration formally eased economic sanctions against Burma (Myanmar), making way for U.S. investment in the resource-rich country. The decision to permit new investment in all sectors, including oil and gas, represents a divergence from the position staked out by Nobel Prize-winning activist and politician Aung San Suu Kyi, who supports socially responsible investment in Burma but has warned about the lack of transparency in Burma’s oil and gas sector.

Human Rights Watch, one organization that cautioned against lifting sanctions, has...
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