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British to Start Military Training in Burma Next Month

26 December 2013

England will send a military delegation to Burma in January to offer a course on strategy for high-ranking officers of the former junta, The Telegraph reports. British diplomats say the goal is to boost professionalism in the Burmese military, which has a notorious record of human rights abuses, as the Southeast Asian country transitions toward a more democratic system. But the Telegraph reported Wednesday that British lawmakers have joined human rights activists in raising concerns about the plan, questioning the merits of offering aid to an army that continues to face allegations of murder, rape and recruitment of child soldiers.