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# Democracy

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# Burma
Burma allows trade unions for first time since 1962
Burma has lifted bans on the formation of labour unions and the staging of strikes, which have been in place for almost 50 years.
# Syria
Syrian president allows creation of opposition political parties
Bashar Assad will permit a legitimate opposition against him – but France has decried the move as “provocation”.
# People Power
Nine dead in Syria as biggest ever anti-Assad protests take place
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to streets all across Syria to protest against President Bashar al-Assad’s current regime.
# China
China rounds up more critics on anniversary of Tiananmen protests
22 years on from the “counter-revolutionary riot” of Tiananmen Square, demonstrators are silenced once more.
E-voting machines to finally be scrapped this year
Environment minister Phil Hogan orders a taskforce to to prepare a tender for the sale or disposal of the 7,500 machines.
New political initiative plans citizens’ assembly to ‘renew democracy’
‘We the Citizens’ will hold seven regional meetings ahead of a national event aimed at restoring trust in public life.
# China
Chinese activist sentenced to 10 years in jail
This is the third time Liu Xanbin has been put in jail by Chinese authorities.
# Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi calls for dialogue with Burma's generals
The time has come to “sort out our differences across the table” says Suu Kyi.