Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Urgent Action: Tell the UN, Burma Aid NOW

Tell the UN Secretary General Now:
United Nations
Must Order Aid Be Allowed Inside Burma

Dear ICFAB,

We are writing to ask you to send a message to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today urging him to take action to ensure that international aid reaches the people of Burma. So far, the Burmese military regime has only let in a trickle of international humanitarian aid.  We understand that 35 disaster teams from 18 countries have applied to help, and most are not being let in.  Even the United Nations assessment team has not been given visas, 5 days after the cyclone struck. 

France's foreign minister Bernard Kouchner (a founder of Doctors Without Borders) proposed a solution to this problem.  He urged the UN Security Council -- the only body at the UN that can pass binding resolutions, to take action that would allow the international community to send aid to Burma whether the Burmese regime likes it or not. 

Will you add your voice to his call by sending an email now to the United Nations Secretary General?

We are encouraging the United States to put its full weight behind France's call, and we believe they will do so.  The United States has already offered to send Navy ships to offload supplies as well as money and other support to help (as it did during the Asian Tsunami) but still no response from the military regime as of this writing.

Lastly, we want to thank you for your generous donations.  This morning, we transferred $30,000 to groups operating on the ground inside Burma.  With the Burmese military regime holding up international aid, your ongoing donations are appreciated. 

More to come... see articles below.

Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jennifer Quigley, and Thelma Young
 

Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma.
Become a member of the United States Campaign for Burma today.


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