The generals expect the Burmese people to just shut up, follow their orders, and approve the draft constitution without any discussion or debate. That’s not exactly how democracies are born.

– Brad Adams, Asia Director at Human Rights Watch, in the press release launching a report on Burma’s constitution. The referendum on the new national charter will be held on 10 May. I guess we should expect a great deal of reporting and commentary on Burma in the lead-up, particularly with the response to Cyclone Nargis now kicking up a gear.