I usually complain that the Australian media (and Australians in general) pay little attention to elections and other political events in nations nearby to us in the south-east Asian region. It is somewhat ironic that the ‘election’ which seems to be getting a lot of coverage is one which is so unfair and rigged as to barely justify being called an election at all. None the less, it is good that people are being regularly reminded of the enormity of the injustices and human rights abuses that are continuing to occur in Burma.
I hope the least we can do is make sure those refugees who have had to flee the oppression and violence are supported and not forced back to danger. Already there are reports that the Thai government is sending back people who have fled the fighting. Along with expressing concern about that possibility, we should look at how we could encourage and support countries in the region who face the main impact of refugees fleeing from Burma.
You can read a post I have written about this on the Asian Correspondent website at this link.