Beef Up Investment Rules: NGOs

Five nongovernmental organizations called on the United States Friday to establish a strong regulatory framework to monitor American companies investing in Burma following the lifting of economic sanctions on the once-pariah nation. » Read more

US to Support World Bank, IMF in Burma

In a letter to the State Department, organizations including Earth Rights International, Freedom House, Physicians for Human Rights, US Campaign for Burma, and United to End Genocide said that they continue to be deeply concerned by the US government’s decision to lift all remaining sanctions, and allow corporations unrestricted investment access to Burma despite widespread corruption, ongoing human rights violations, and a total lack of rule of law. » Read more

Sudanese Diaspora Rallies for Peace

Niemat Ahmadi, director of Global Partnerships at United to End Genocide and a rally participant, said part of their message was to call on the international community to fulfill its commitment to bring peace between the two countries. » Read more

The True Impact of the US Investment Policy in Burma

On July 11, 2012, the US government opened the door for American companies to invest in Burma for the first time in 15 years. This move came despite the absence of effective or functional systems to ensure that new investment — even from those intent on doing business responsibly — will not exacerbate rights abuses in ethnic minority states or undermine prospects for democratic transformation. » Read more

Myanmar Welcomes Easing of US Economic Sanctions

A U.S.-based group, United to End Genocide, said "President Obama's premature action to remove the investment ban on Burma is overly optimistic.

"It ignores the reality of the situation on the ground, including ongoing atrocities," the group's president, Tom Andrews, said in a prepared statement. "This is a dangerous decision that is likely to further exacerbate human rights abuses and has left the U.S. government without any leverage in the future." » Read more

South Sudan: No joy in the pipeline

Indeed, as United to End Genocide reports, “Even as South Sudan celebrates its first year of independence and the world concerns itself with the prospect of a return to war between Sudan and South Sudan, civilians are being targeted by the government of Sudan.” » Read more

Cut off aid to states helping Sudan’s Bashir: ICC prosecutor

Ocampo, who finishes his term this month at court based in The Hague, said it was time to get creative about trying to arrest Bashir.

"Stopping the assistance to those who help Bashir will work and it's not happening," Ocampo told an event in New York hosted by the groups United to End Genocide and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. » Read more

US eases economic sanctions and names ambassador to Myanmar to reward reforms

Human rights groups and exiled Myanmar activists were strongly critical of easing economic controls...

“It ignores the reality of the situation on the ground, including ongoing atrocities,” said Tom Andrews of the group United to End Genocide. “This is a dangerous decision that is likely to further exacerbate human rights abuses and has left the U.S. government without any leverage in future.” » Read more