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US under pressure to get tough with Myanmar over human rights

US under pressure to get tough with Myanmar over human rights

Updated 8 August 2014, 12:55 AEST

Regional stability, economic development and Myanmar's own recent troubled past are expected to be high on the agenda of a series of high level meetings in Naypyitaw over the weekend.

A summit of ASEAN foreign ministers will be followed by meetings with the organisation's key regional partners, as well countries such as the United States and Australia.

Ahead of his departure for Asia, Secretary of State John Kerry was urged by scores of American legislators to what they call, 'recalibrate' Washington's policy towards Myanmar because of its continuing poor human rights record.

Reporter: Kanaha Sabapathy

Speakers: Dr John Blaxland, Australian National University; Nyan Win, NLD Central Committee; Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur for Myanmar.

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