Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Burma Update and Action

This just in from the US Campaign for Burma:

Email Congress today and ask them to support House Resolution 898!

This week, President Obama made his first visit to Asia and publicly called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, one principle of his new Burma policy. The Obama administration's Burma policy has four pillars which the U.S. will work toward:
  • Ensuring the unconditional release of all political prisoners, including Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Pressing for an end to conflicts with ethnic minority groups.
  • Securing genuine tripartite dialogue between the ethnic nationalities, the democracy movement, and the military government.
  • Holding the Burmese junta accountable for human rights violations.
We support the principles outlined in President Obama's new Burma policy. However, the Obama administration has yet to provide a mechanism to hold the junta accountable for their human rights violations including attacks against ethnic minority groups.

Resolution 898 fills this gap by calling for the Administration to support a UN Security Council Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the junta.

Crimes against humanity have escalated as the Junta tries to consolidate power before the sham election planned for 2010. In the past few months, the regime has displaced more than 50,000 people from eastern and northern Burma, sending tens of thousands of refugees over the border into China and Thailand.

Email your member of Congress today to ask them to support this resolution so that the Obama Administration continues to remain strong on Burma.

Then amplify our voice by asking your friends and family members to support Resolution 898, which was introduced by Representative Joe Crowley (D) and Representative Peter King (R) last week.

(This is a really important first step for this new administration you help in support his goals is great needed and appreciated!)

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