Obama: Human rights violations persist in Myanmar

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — President Barack Obama says violations of human rights persist in Myanmar (mee-an-MAWR') and nations must build support for the fundamental rights of every human being.

Obama notes in a speech to the Australian Parliament on Thursday that democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) is currently free from house arrest and some political prisoners have been released.

But he says violations of human rights persist in Myanmar. He says the United States will "continue to speak clearly" about steps that must be taken by Myanmar "to have a better relationship with the United States."

The U.S. has called for release of all political prisoners, an end to conflict in minority areas and greater transparency regarding Myanmar's relations with North Korea.