A senior U.S. official says the United States will continue to support pro-democracy activists in Burma.
Paula Dobriansky, under secretary of state for global affairs, said Saturday in Washington that the United States must press the world to stand firm against Burma's military junta. Ms. Dobriansky accused Burma's government of harassing political opponents with intimidation, violence and unwarranted arrests. She said such conduct explains why U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently called Burma one of the world's "outposts of tyranny." Burma's government resumed a national convention earlier this month to draft a new constitution.
The National League for Democracy and another major opposition party are boycotting the convention because of the continued detention of party leaders.