Friday, July 25, 2008

Victory #2: Congress Renews Burma Democracy Act

Victory #2 Congress Renews
Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act

Dear friends,

It's not often we get to write about two victories in one week -- but, here goes...  Last night, the U.S. Senate passed the renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act.  The U.S. House of Representatives had already passed the measure the day before.    This means that the Burmese regime will not be able to export most goods to the United States.  Since Congress had acted two days earlier to include precious gems to the list of goods that can't be exported from Burma, the regime will not receive hundreds of millions of dollars from unsuspecting U.S. consumers.

We want to thank the thousands of you who called or otherwise urged your members of Congress to support this move -- your efforts helped to make this possible.  We also want to acknowledge the primary sponsors of the legislation, Senators Mitch McConnell and Dianne Feinstein as well as Congressmen Joe Crowley and Peter King  -- as well as the late Congressman Tom Lantos.  We expect that President Bush will sign this into law very soon. 

Meanwhile, we also wanted to let you know that the United Nations Security Council, the most powerful body at the UN, discussed Burma yesterday, behind closed doors.  The UN Secretary General has decided to send his envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, back to Burma in mid-August.  If the envoy fails to achieve the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and concrete steps in the direction of legitimate democracy, it is widely expected that many countries at the UN will press for stronger action, including the possibility of a global arms embargo on the military regime. 

Clearly, the paralysis at the UN shows there is still much work to be done -- but we want to THANK YOU for helping ensure the United States stands strongly behind the struggle for human rights in Burma.  Because of you, the campaign for change grows stronger by the day.


Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jennifer Quigley, Thelma Young, Jacqui Pilch

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