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

Rights Groups Concerned about Weak Requirements for Investment in Burma

“We continue to be deeply concerned by the U.S. 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. Although U.S. companies will be required to report on their investments, the current requirements lack specificity about enforcement and consequences for non-compliance. Further, existing loopholes enable companies to designate information as ‘confidential’ as a way to avoid public scrutiny. The U.S. government should take immediate steps to ensure that there is a strong regulatory framework that can effectively promote accountability and transparency." » Read more

Over 100 Rights Groups Demand UN Security Council Action to Address the Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan

A letter demanding action to put an end to the Sudanese military’s aerial bombardment of Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions, and its blockade of food aid to hundreds of thousands of people at risk of starvation in those areas was sent today to the members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council by over 100 human rights, civil rights and faith-based organizations.  » 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