Lifting sanctions on Burma’s regime would be a mistake

Last Sunday international election monitors and media outlets reported a remarkable event in Burma. Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi — who spent years under house arrest, and sometimes in prison, fighting for democracy and justice — was elected to parliament. All week, calls have grown for all economic sanctions and international pressure on the Burmese regime to be lifted.

Heeding these calls would be a serious mistake. » Read more

Former Maine US Rep arrested outside embassy with George Clooney

A former congressman from Maine is among those arrested with actor George Clooney and other activists outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom Andrews serves as president and CEO of United to End Genocide, the group that organized Friday's protest. » Read more

Lawmakers, film star Clooney arrested at anti-Sudan protest

A group of U.S. lawmakers and film star George Clooney were arrested at Sudan's embassy in Washington on Friday in a protest at which activists accused Khartoum of blocking humanitarian aid from reaching a volatile border region where hundreds of thousands of people may be short of food.

...Tom Andrews, president of United to End Genocide, another group involved in the protest, said the United States should raise the heat on Khartoum to stop the violence and allow humanitarian access. » Read more

George Clooney and Human Rights Leaders Arrested Protesting at Sudanese Embassy

George Clooney, President of United to End Genocide and former Congressman Tom Andrews, Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA), Al Green (D-TX), Jim Moran (D-VA) and John Olver (D-MA), Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast, and other human rights and faith leaders were arrested today for civil disobedience outside of the Sudanese Embassy while protesting the escalating humanitarian emergency in Sudan that threatens the lives of 500,000 people. » Read more

Advocacy Group Calls New Legislation to Pressure Sudan Matter of Life and Death

“We welcome the introduction of strong bipartisan legislation to address the blockade of food and humanitarian aid and the ongoing bombing of civilians that has put the lives of 500,000 people at risk in Sudan. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, an at-large international criminal wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity, must be stopped before it is too late." » Read more

Myanmar’s Continuing Repression

United to End Genocide President Tom H. Andrews in a letter to the editor of the New York Times, "Aung San Suu Kyi’s movement from prison cell to house arrest to candidate for Parliament is good news. But so long as the government continues attacks on civilians, including recent violence in Kachin state where 50,000 people have been driven from their homes and cut off from aid, the need for sustained pressure remains." » Read more

Defense Department must cut ties to Syria weapons supplier

I was heartened to hear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s forceful and passionate condemnation of the Syrian government’s escalating atrocities against its own people. Then I learned that another branch of our government, the Defense Department, was forking over $1 billion to the largest single supplier of the Syrian military’s weapons. Even worse, the company, Rosoboronexport, is a state-run company of one of the two United Nation’s Security Council members who vetoed the most recent emergency resolution against the escalating violence and mass murder – Russia. » Read more