Are some countries out of reach of world opinion? The Burmese opposition figure, Aung San Suu Kyi is facing trial, accused of breaching the terms of her house arrest, despite an global campaign calling for her release. Burma’s junta has traditionally ignored international pressure on human rights issues, but this critic argues that things are starting to change.
North Korea, a country renowned for its isolation from the international community, has announced the trial date of two US journalists who had been detained for nearly two months. The announcement comes in the same week as the decision by Iran to release US- Iranian journalist Roxanna Saberi. The New York Times debates as to whether Saberi’s release signals a thawing of Iran’s position towards the West.
Are countries like North Korea, Burma , Iran and even Sri Lanka interested in relations with the international community? Or do some countries not care about world opinion? Or are they just very good at manipulating world anger to win domestic arguments ?