Human Rights Group Says SEC Rules Critical to Stem Resource-Fueled Violence around the World

"The purpose of requiring stronger due diligence on conflict minerals — which have directly enabled violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — is to make it more difficult for the perpetrators of mass violence to gain the resources needed to fund atrocities. It’s severely disappointing that the SEC has delayed the measure. We will work to pressure companies to comply early, and will continue to work with our partners to ensure that the rule is implemented as effectively as possible." » 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

Dozens of Civil Society Organizations Express Concern Regarding Violence against Rohingya in Burma

The stateless Rohingya of Myanmar have suffered from extreme persecution and discrimination for decades. They are now facing another crisis. On 3 June inter-communal violence erupted, and this has evolved into large-scale state sponsored violence against the Rohingya. Despite this, neighbouring Bangladesh is not allowing them to enter to seek refuge. The Rohingya population needs urgent measures to be taken for their protection. » Read more

Rights Group Calls Lifting U.S. Investment Ban on Burma “Grossly Irresponsible”

“Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has warned against exactly this type of ‘reckless optimism.’ Representatives of ethnic national groups have pleaded for U.S. sanctions to remain in place. However, instead of listening to Burmese voices, the interests of industry lobbyists clamoring for access to Burma’s rich natural resources have been prioritized." » Read more

Rights Groups Express “Grave Concern” Regarding U.S. Policy on Investment in Burma

"We express grave concern regarding the U.S. government’s decision to allow investments into businesses connected to the Burmese regime that are corrupt and help to fuel human rights violations. As it stands now, investment in many of the most attractive sectors of the Burmese economy is likely to worsen the human rights situation while directly benefitting individuals and entities responsible for rights abuses, who contribute to corruption, or are otherwise acting to obstruct political reform." » 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

Man-Made Catastrophe in Sudan Brings Crisis to Near-Famine Levels

As protests in cities across Sudan and the first anniversary of the Republic of South Sudan’s independence garners international attention, a report issued by United to End Genocide brings focus to the plight of tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees that have poured into South Sudan in recent weeks. Refugees from Sudan’s Blue Nile region have faced a humanitarian crisis where the death rate has spiked above emergency levels as reports indicate people dying of dehydration along roads on their way to camps in South Sudan. » Read more