The US yesterday (1 August) renewed import restrictions against the ruling military junta in Burma over ongoing concerns about human rights violations.

The import ban imposed in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, had been set to expire on 31 July.

"Unfortunately, the ruling military junta in Burma has shown no willingness to address the many problems that continue to make these sanctions necessary," commented American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) president and CEO Kevin M Burke.
 
He added calls for the world community to add its support by imposing similar sanctions - particularly the United Nations' Security Council and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).