WASHINGTON (CN) – President Obama has extended for 1 year Presidential Orders declaring national emergencies in Iraq and Burma.
The state of emergency regarding Iraq covers several presidential orders from former President George W. Bush and President Obama, to freeze the assets of people and organizations known to support terrorist activities in Iraq.
The state of emergency regarding Burma was established by former President Bill Clinton in 1997, following large scale repression by the government of Burma against opposition movements including the widespread use of torture on opposition leaders and the continued imprisonment of at least 1,000 political activists.
In subsequent years President Bush extended the Burmese state of emergency after the leader of the opposition movement Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was put back into home detention. Suu Kyi has remained in house detention for 14 of the last 20 years. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. A year earlier, her National League for Democracy party had its general election victory nullified by the military junta, which has ruled Burma since 1988 when the State Law and Order Restoration Council overthrew the dictatorship of Ne Win.