A global coalition of 98 politicians from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia have signed an open letter addressed to their respective Foreign Secretaries urging them to lead the UN Security Council to action on Sudan at this pivotal moment.
A giant Valentine signed by thousands of supporters of an international treaty to control the flow of weapons to warlords and human rights violators was delivered to the NRA.
Ominous warning signs of genocide are present in Burma. Immediate steps are needed to stop the systematic violence and attacks against the Rohingya.
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.
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.
21 institutional investors, asset owners and asset managers submitted a comment to the State Dept on Reporting Requirements on Responsible Investment in Burma. The investors support the requirements as a valuable tool, but urge greater transparency and clearer consequences for failure to comply.
“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."
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.
According to United to End Genocide President Tom Andrews, “It’s outrageous that Omar al-Bashir, a wanted war criminal, is being enabled to travel around the region and beyond. Egypt’s decision to invite Bashir is deeply disappointing, and sends a dangerous message of impunity.”
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.