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'Burma has come out of the darkness'

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David Cameron arrives in Burma today in what will be the first visit by a British Prime Minister to this once isolated country in many decades.

His trip follows successful democratic elections earlier this month, a string of reforms and peace talks with most armed ethnic groups.

But as calls grow to relax sanctions against Burma critics point to continuing human rights abuses there and the government's failure to free its remaining political prisoners.

Earlier this year the Today programme spoke to Wai Hnin, after she'd heard her father had been released from jail.

He is Mya Aye, one of the leaders of the 88 Generation student group had been sentenced to 65 years in prison in 2007.

The Today programme's Mike Thomson tracked down Mr Aye in Rangoon to speak to him about Burma's emerging democracy.

He said that if democracy in Burma improves, sanctions should be relaxed but noted that "we have not yet achieved any democratic goals".

"I don't celebrate my release, " he said adding that they could be put back in jail at any time.


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