President Obama Promises Support for the People of Burma
When President Obama arrived in Rangoon on Monday, he became the first sitting president ever to visit Burma — the Asian nation bordering Thailand, China, and Bangladesh.For nearly 50 years, from the 1962 to 2011, the country was ruled by a military junta. But over the past year and a half, reform has begun to take root."A civilian now leads the government, and a parliament is asserting itself," President Obama said in a speech at the University of Yangon. "The once-outlawed National League for Democracy stood in an election, and Aung San Suu Kyi is a Member of Parliament. Hundreds of prisoners of conscience have been released, and forced labor has been banned. Preliminary cease-fires have been reached with ethnic armies, and new laws allow for a more open economy."Earlier today, President Obama met with President Thein Sein — one of those… more »

President Obama Promises Support for the People of Burma

When President Obama arrived in Rangoon on Monday, he became the first sitting president ever to visit Burma — the Asian nation bordering Thailand, China, and Bangladesh.

For nearly 50 years, from the 1962 to 2011, the country was ruled by a military junta. But over the past year and a half, reform has begun to take root.

"A civilian now leads the government, and a parliament is asserting itself," President Obama said in a speech at the University of Yangon. "The once-outlawed National League for Democracy stood in an election, and Aung San Suu Kyi is a Member of Parliament. Hundreds of prisoners of conscience have been released, and forced labor has been banned. Preliminary cease-fires have been reached with ethnic armies, and new laws allow for a more open economy."

Earlier today, President Obama met with President Thein Sein — one of those… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton deliver remarks at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chair of the National League for Democracy and Member of Parliament from Kawhmu Constituency, in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photo with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chair of the National League for Democracy and Member of Parliament from Kawmhu Constituency, at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., September 18, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photo with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chair of the National League for Democracy and Member of Parliament from Kawmhu Constituency, at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., September 18, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Burma - National League for Democracy and Parliament

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 2, 2012


Only eighteen months ago, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest. Today, the pro-democracy leader and several other members of the National League for Democracy have taken their newly won seats in Burma’s parliament. For the first time in the country’s history, Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her party will have a role and voice in government.

I would like to send my congratulations to these pro-democracy leaders, other newly elected Members of Parliament, and the hundreds of thousands of voters for their courage and commitment to achieving a more representative and responsive government. President Thein Sein and his government have also taken important strides toward democracy and national reconciliation.

This is an important moment for Burma’s future. A genuine transition toward multi-party democracy leading to general elections in 2015 will help build a more prosperous society. I encourage all political parties, civil society representatives and ethnic minority leaders to work together to address challenges and seize new opportunities for a more democratic, free, peaceful, and prosperous future.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the screening of the Aung San Suu Kyi Biopic “The Lady,” at the Motion Picture Association in Washington, D.C. on April 9, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]