Saturday, August 04, 2012

US Campaign for Burma

You did it, Congress renews Burma Sanctions

You did it! Thanks to all your help and efforts, Congress has passed the renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act (BFDA). Because of your phone calls and emails, Congress recognized that much more needs to be done to ensure genuine democracy, national reconciliation and human rights for all in Burma by renewing the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act. 

The passing of the renewal of the BFDA shows that Congress agrees with you; that looming problems in Burma still need to be addressed. Even today, there are hundreds of political prisoners still behind bars. The violence and cruel treatment against ethnic minorities, predominantly carried out by the Burmese military, is as prevalent as ever. In anticipation of foreign investments, land confiscation cases are on the rise, leaving many villagers and farmers without land or a home. The passing of the BFDA signifies that Congress recognizes the need to maintain some leverage in Burma in order to ensure genuine democracy, national reconciliation, human rights, justice and accountability for all the people of Burma.

Thank you for helping us to take steps to fight for freedom in Burma and for speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves.

In solidarity,

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