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Posts Tagged ‘United States’ (123 found)

New Report Card Scores US Companies Investing in Burma

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, US Campaign for Burma (USCB) released the first edition of its Report Card: US Companies Investing in Burma. The Report Card analyzes whether US companies are transparently complying with the US State Department’s Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements, conducting due diligence, and responsibly managing their investments on the ground […]

June 5, 2014  •  By US Campaign for Burma  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2014 Annual Report

Political reforms in Burma have not improved legal protections for religious freedom and have done little to curtail anti-Muslim violence, incitement and discrim¬ination, particularly targeting the Rohingya Muslim minority. Police failed to intervene effectively and the government has taken inadequate steps to address the underlying causes of sectarian violence or hold individ¬uals fully accountable. State-sponsored discrimination and state-condoned violence against Rohingya and Kaman ethnic Muslim minorities also continued, and ethnic minority Christians faced serious abuses during recent military incursions in Kachin state. Based on these systematic, egregious, ongoing violations, USCIRF continues to recommend that Burma be designated as a “country of particular concern,” or CPC, in 2014. The State Department has designated Burma a CPC since 1999 […]

April 30, 2014  •  By United States Commission on International Religious Freedom  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Marching to Genocide in Burma – New Report by United To End Genocide

UnitedtoendgenocideUnited to End Genocide completed a four week fact-finding mission to Burma on March 16, 2014. What we discovered was alarming. Nowhere in the world are there more known precursors to genocide than in Burma today. Hundreds have been killed with a death toll mounting daily, tens of thousands have fled under the most hazardous conditions, and 140,000 have been forced into horrible, overcrowded camps where they face severe restrictions and are denied basic necessities including medical care[…]

March 24, 2014  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

USCB Welcomes Introduction of The Burma Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2013

Today, the U.S. Campaign for Burma (USCB) welcomes the U.S. Senate’s introduction of The Burma Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2013. The bipartisan measure introduced by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Bob Corker (R-TN) would prohibit most U.S. military assistance to the Burmese military unless concrete steps are taken to address human rights abuses and constitutional reform […]

December 20, 2013  •  By US Campaign for Burma  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Letter to President Obama on Political Prisoners

Dear President Obama,

We are writing to express our concern that the Burmese government is continuing to arrest farmers, activists, human rights defenders, and ethnic minorities at alarmingly high rates. These arrests discredit the Burmese government’s claim that all political prisoners/prisoners of conscience (hereinafter “political prisoners”) will be released by the end of December 2013 […]

December 19, 2013  •  By 42 human rights organizations  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Resolution to End Persecution of the Rohingya in Burma Introduced

U.S. Government and International Community Must Help Stop Discrimination and Violence Against Rohingya and other Minority Groups

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomed the introduction of a resolution that aims to end discrimination against the Rohingya, a minority group in Burma (officially the Union of Myanmar) that is one of the world’s most persecuted ethnic groups […]

November 19, 2013  •  By Physicians for Human Rights and Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

37 Organizations Urge President Obama to Update Blacklist with Respect to Burma

Updated Sanctions Crucial for Responsible US Investment

Today, November 7, 2013, thirty-seven organizations submitted a joint letter to President Barack Obama calling on the US Administration to update the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list with respect to Burma and implement unambiguous criteria for removing and adding persons to the list […]

November 7, 2013  •  By 37 Civil Society Organizations  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma: US Should Update Blacklist

The United States government should ensure that remaining sanctions on Burma are kept up-to-date on human rights abusers, Human Rights Watch and 36 other organizations said today in a joint letter to President Barack Obama. The Obama administration should move quickly to revise the Treasury […]

November 7, 2013  •  By Human Rights Watch  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Call to End the War Against Civilians in the Kachin Region of Burma

Nov 1 protest VIIII by Kachin AllianceToday, members of the Kachin community living in the United States held a demonstration to demand an end of the war against civilians in the Kachin region of Burma in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Since the war escalated in the Kachin region, civilians have endured mass atrocities and abuses by the Burma Army […]

November 1, 2013  •  By Kachin Alliance  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

133 Ethnic Civil Society Organizations Express Concern and Reservation Regarding Foreign Military Engagement with the Burmese Military

Today, October 17, 2013, 133 civil society organizations, representing 15 of Burma’s ethnic nationalities, submitted a joint letter to President Barack Obama of the United States, Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott of the Commonwealth of Australia expressing great concern and reservation regarding their military engagement with the Burmese military. Along with details of human rights atrocities and ongoing conflict the Burmese military continues to perpetrate, the joint letter pens explicit preconditions that must be met prior to any military engagement and states the criteria for military engagement should it move forward […]

October 17, 2013  •  By 133 Ethnic Civil Society Organizations  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤