Myanmar gained freedom frm colonial rule in 1948 n became a democracy.But the democratic rule ended in 1962 with a military coup. In 1990 elections were held for the first time aftr almost 30 yrs.The Natonal League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi won the election.But the military rulers refused to step down n did not recognise the elections.They put the elected pro-democracy leadres, including Suu - Kyi, under house arrest.Political activists accused of even the most trivial offences have been jailed. Any1 caught publicly airing views can b sentenced 20 yrs in prison. Due to these policies, about 6 to 10 lakh people in that country have been uprooted frm their homes n hav taken shelter elsewhere.