This afternoon, United to End Genocide President, Tom Andrews, will testify before Congress on the situation in Burma.
The hearing, Oversight of U.S. Policy Toward Burma, will begin at 2:30 p.m. In his testimony, Tom will recommend that Congress maintain sanctions against the Burmese regime and urge the Administration to take a more measured approach:
I understand the desire to declare Burma a success story. I’ve been working on Burma for decades and want nothing more than to see true democratic transformation and an end to human right abuses. But, success isn’t marked by removing sanctions—it’s marked by lasting change for the people of Burma who have endured endless suffering under a brutal military regime. We must choose our next steps wisely. Let us reward genuine progress, but let us not condemn the people —particularly those living in ethnic minority states—to increased suffering under a long oppressive military regime that is suddenly freed of accountability and consequences for its behavior.
Tom recently returned from Burma’s Kachin State where 75,000 men, women and children have been forced to flee their homes because of the Burmese army’s attacks. While on the ground, Tom met dozens of people who had been impacted by the recent violence.
You can read Tom’s entire written testimony here.