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Real Work to Come: Human Rights Watch

3 April 2012

Human Rights Watch (HRW) had praised Sunday’s by-elections victory for the main opposition National League for Democracy but warned against complacency in a country where the military still controls 25 percent of parliamentary seats. “The real danger of the by-elections is the overblown expectations many in the West have cast on them,” said David Scott Mathieson, an expert on Burma for HRW. “The hard work really does start afterward,” he said. “Constitutional reform, legal reform, tackling systemic corruption, sustainable economic development, continued human rights challenges … will take many years.”—AP