International Religious Freedom Report 2010/Burma

Highly repressive, authoritarian military regimes have ruled the country since 1962. The government imposed restrictions on certain religious activities and limited freedom of religion, although generally permitted adherents of government-registered religious groups to worship as they chose. According to the government, a 2008 nationwide referendum approved a new draft Constitution. The government was preparing for November 7, 2010 elections, the first elections since 1990, after which the new constitution would go into effect. Democracy activists and the international community widely criticized the constitutional referendum and election preparations as seriously flawed.


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