Burma (Myanmar): The nation's military regime rules by decree. It controls all executive, legislative, and judicial powers, suppresses nearly all basic rights, and commits human rights abuses with impunity. The junta drastically restricts press freedom. Judges are appointed or approved by the junta and adjudicate cases according to its decrees. Some of the worst human rights abuses take place in areas populated by ethnic minorities. In these border regions the military arbitrarily detains, beats, rapes, and kills civilians. A soldier from the Kachin Independence Army, one of Myanmar's largest armed ethnic groups, listens to a speech during a rally in Laiza, Burma, on April 16.