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Burma or Myanmar?

Burma Campaign UK uses Burma as this is what Burma’s democracy movement prefers. They stated that the dictatorship had no legitimacy and so no right to change the name of the country to Myanmar.

As far as individuals, organisations and media are concerned, Burma Campaign UK takes no position, as we believe it is more important to talk about what should be done about ongoing human rights violations in the country, rather than what it should be called.

However, as far as governments are concerned, switching to the use of Myanmar will be seen as yet another reward for the government, which we believe would be unjustified given that Burma remains a country ruled by a military backed government which has yet to relinquish any powers, repeal repressive laws, has hundreds of political prisoners in jail and is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

See this article by Bertil Lintner for more information about the history of the terms Burma and Myanmar.

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Burma or Myanmar?

Burma Campaign UK uses Burma as this is what Burma’s democracy movement prefers. They stated that the dictatorship had no legitimacy and so no right to change the name of the country to Myanmar.

As far as individuals, organisations and media are concerned, Burma Campaign UK takes no position, as we believe it is more important to talk about what should be done about ongoing human rights violations in the country, rather than what it should be called.

However, as far as governments are concerned, switching to the use of Myanmar will be seen as yet another reward for the government, which we believe would be unjustified given that Burma remains a country ruled by a military backed government which has yet to relinquish any powers, repeal repressive laws, has hundreds of political prisoners in jail and is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

See this article by Bertil Lintner for more information about the history of the terms Burma and Myanmar.