Country summary:[

Burma (Myanmar) ruled by a junta which suppresses almost all dissent and wields absolute power in the face of international condemnation and sanctions.

Accused of gross human rights abuses, including the forcible relocation of civilians and the widespread use of forced labour, which includes children. Corruption and severe mismanagement are the hallmarks of a black-market-riven economy and officials are accused of large-scale trafficking in heroin, of which Burma is a major exporter.

HIV/Aids are major problems amongst a largely rural and poverty striken population.

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Video of the wedding of the daughter of Burma's leader Than Shwe, newly-weds reportedly given $50m-worth of wedding gifts, including, cars jewellery and houses


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