Don’t reward human rights abusers in Burma

Join us in telling President Obama to support the people of Burma today.

Reforms in Burma are fragile at best, yet the United States has been quick to reward Burma by lifting most restrictions on investment. And an outdated list of Burmese human rights abusers may enable U.S. companies rushing into the country to do business with the very people who have been complicit or even participants in atrocities.

Tell President Obama to support the reforms that Aung San Suu Kyi has worked for by updating the Specially Designated Nationals List:

Dear President Obama,

As Aung San Suu Kyi’s visits the United States this month, there has been a lot of attention on Burma’s reform efforts and U.S. policy changes to ease diplomatic and economic sanctions on Burma.

Among those who may profit from new investments are Burma’s military cronies who have control over many sectors of the economy and have a long history of committing serious human rights abuses.

Abuses by the military are not a thing of the past as the Burmese army continues to attack ethnic minority populations. In early September more than 1,000 Palaung ethnic minorities in northern Shan state and 6,000 villagers in the Hpakant jade mining region in Kachin State fled their homes due to fighting between government forces and ethnic armed groups.

The freedom that Aung San Suu Kyi has won came from the efforts of people and governments around the world that imposed sanctions and kept a watchful eye on the Burmese regime. While the progress that Burma has made is promising, these reforms can also be easily reversed.

I urge you to update the Specially Designated Nationals list. It’s crucial to review and update this list immediately — and continue to do so regularly — so that those involved in human rights abuses are not allowed to profit.

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