November 6, 2015

Clinton’s Failed Achievement In Myanmar

Ahead of Sunday’s national election in Myanmar, Hillary Clinton’s State Department record in the country has come under scrutiny. After being the first senior U.S. official to visit the country in fifty years, Clinton has repeatedly claimed credit for the U.S. opening to the dictatorial country and has listed the detente with Myanmar as one of her top accomplishments.

However, after Clinton announced the easing of sanctions against Myanamar in 2011 and 2012, the Myanmar government has continued to violate the rights of its people. Myanmar has clamped down on freedom of speech and stands accused of conducting ethnic cleansing against the country’s Rohingya minority. Sectarian violence in the country is on the rise and the government has backslided on many of its reforms.

In 2014, the Obama Administration began resinstituting sanctions against Myanmar as a result of the government’s human rights abuses and failure to reform—a clear indication that Clinton’s leadership had failed.

Echoing the questions about Clinton’s record on Myanmar today, CNN noted that Clinton’s record as Secretary of State “is not exactly bristling with foreign policy wins. And if events there do represent a victory, it is hardly a clear cut one.”