CNN:Despite reforms, Myanmar’s ethnic violence continues

By Matthew Smith, for CNN

Editor’s note: Matthew Smith is a researcher for Human Rights Watch and author of the organization’s report, “All You Can Do is Pray”: Crimes Against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State.

(CNN) — When the European Union recently lifted economic sanctions on Myanmar, it closed a decades-long chapter designed to encourage democratic reform in the country.

Although an arms embargo remains in place, the action will send an unequivocal message of “mission accomplished.”

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