USCB: Regime Stops Aid To Cyclone Survivors: UN Must Act; etc..

Regime Preventing Aid from Reaching Cyclone Survivors: UN Must Act
One Month After: Neglect, Detention and Destruction ContinueEmail the UN Secretary General Today
Dear Friends,
It has been over a month since Cyclone Nargis slammed into Burma, leaving millions without food, shelter, and clean water. Than Shwe’s dictatorship has continued to not only block much aid from reaching those in need, but has forcibly evicted survivors from temporary shelters, extorted forced labor in exchange for food aid, and harassed and arrested Burmese who try to help their fellow people.
At the same time, the regime has continued its campaign of ethnic cleansing in eastern Burma. In May and June, more villages have been attacked and destroyed.
The United Nations cannot continue to stand by and watch this happen. The UN Secretary-General has the authority to bring any matter to the attention of the Security Council that he believes is an important issue of international security.
Please email UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and call on him to ask the UN Security Council to pass an immediate resolution on Burma.
Millions are at risk because of the regime’s criminal actions against its own people. If the regime is allowed to continue, more people will die.
Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jennifer Quigley, and Thelma Young
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More Background and Facts
While millions are in desperate need of aid after cyclone Naris, the Burmese regime’s army is continuing to attack and burn ethnic minority villages, displacing many people in eastern Burma. Last week, the army destroyed more villages in eastern Burma as part of its campaign to ethnically cleanse Burma of its ethnic minorities.  Regime troops fire mortars at the villages, destroy farms, burn and/or loot homes, lay landmines, attack civilians and drive them out. To learn more about the crisis in eastern Burma – go here.
Frustratingly, the situation in the cyclone-stricken areas of Burma remains deplorable, more than a month after Cyclone Nargis hit. The UN estimates that 2.4 million people are in need of food, shelter and medical care, and more than a million have yet to receive ANY official foreign aid. Even though UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Burma more than 2 weeks ago, and was assured that foreign aid workers would be allowed to help, many are still denied access to devastated areas. Than Shwe does not want foreigners to see that they are forcibly evicting cyclone survivors from temporary shelters, forcing them back home to their destroyed homes and demanding forced labor in exchange for food aid.  Meanwhile, victims are struggling to survive any way they can.
Moreover, the regime is arresting those who try to help. Zarganar, one of Burma’s leading comedians and actors, who has been tirelessly working to bring aid to those in need, was arrested on June 4th. He gave many interviews with foreign media about the needs of the people and worked to arrange massive delivery of aid to the worst hit areas.
We cannot let Burma continue to suffer under a wave of global acquiescence to Burma’s military dictator. Please send an email today to Ban Ki-moon today
Further reading:
Free Burma Rangers: Burma Army Attacking and Displacing over 1,000 Karen People
Human Rights Watch: Burma: Stop Forced Evacuations
Amnesty: Human Rights Concerns a Month after Cyclone Nargis
 
 
Call Congress Today: Renew Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act
Urgent Action Alert: Kansas – Ask Your Senators to
Co-sponsor the Renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act
Dear Supporters,
We need your help! We are asking you to call your Senators TODAY to ask them to "co-sponsor" the renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, which denies hundreds of millions of dollars to Burma’s military regime.  It doesn’t take much time out of your day but makes a big difference for the people of Burma.
Background
The Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act was passed in 2003, denying hundreds of millions of dollars to Burma’s military dictatorship and its cronies by prohibiting the importation of Burmese products into the United States.
Besides preventing the financial enrichment of Than Shwe’s dictatorship, the ban on imports sends a strong signal that Americans care about human rights in Burma.  We are not alone in this effort. The European Union renewed their sanctions at the end of April, and some among Burma’s Asian neighbors are also taking a stronger stand.
Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy, the elected leaders of Burma, have asked us to place sanctions on the military regime – stating strongly that doing business with Burma primarily benefits the military elite and not the people.
Congress has voted to renew the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act every previous year. We need them to do so again this year.
What We Are Asking You To Do
Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have sent a letter to all the other Senators asking them to add their name as "co-sponsors" of the legislation.  To become a co-sponsor, your Senator simply needs to inform Feinstein’s or McConnell’s office that they want their name added to the co-sponsorship list.  We are asking you to telephone your Senator to urge them to add their name as a co-sponsor.
How to Contact Your Senators’ Office
Call your Senator’s office in Washington, DC and ask to speak to the staff member that handles foreign affairs. If s/he is not there, leave a message and ask her/him to call you back. Call today and call every day until you get an answer!  Be respectful and polite, but don’t be shy.  They were elected to represent you.
Senator Pat Roberts (Republican), contact staffer: Libby Burgess 202-224-4774
 
Already a cosponsor:
Senator Sam Brownback (Republican)
1) Democrats can contact Rich Harper in Senator Feinstein’s office: (202) 224 3841
2) Republicans can contact Lucy Bean, in Senator McConnell’s office: (202) 224 2541
What to Say:
– Tell the staff member that you would like your Senator to co-sponsor Senate Joint Resolution 41, the renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act.
– Give her/him proof that this policy works. It cuts off hundreds of millions of dollars to the regime and prohibits western companies from doing business with Burma’s regime.
– Tell the staff member that the people of Burma, including Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, have called for pressure on Burma’s military regime, and we should support the calls of the people of Burma, not the military dictatorship.
– Mention that the military junta deserves pressure. The military regime has destroyed more than 3,200 villages. It has forcibly displaced more than half a million people inside Burma, as well as causing more than a million refugees to flee across the border to neighboring countries and has made no efforts to move toward democracy.
– Let her/him know it is important to send a strong signal to the regime that the US government will continue to keep American money out the hands of the junta.
– Point out that other countries are increasingly following the US lead on sanctioning the military junta. The E.U., Canada and Australia have all imposed sanctions on Burma.
– Finally ask the staff member to call you back when your Senator has made a decision.  Important: Leave your phone number!
– Let him/her know that his/her constituents care about Burma!
After your call, email me, Jennifer Quigley, at jennifer@uscampaignforburma.org to let me know what happened.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me.
 
 
Special Request for Burma
Dear friends,
We have been working like crazy to ensure aid reaches the people of Burma in the wake of the cyclone.  We are also building global support for imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, the courageous Burmese monks, and all Burma’s people.
To support our efforts, will you make a special, extra contribution of either $63, $630, or $6,300 to U.S. Campaign for Burma?
We are requesting this amount because on June 19th, Aung San Suu Kyi will spend her 63rd birthday under arrest — as the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Over the next two weeks, we will be asking every single person who supports human rights in Burma to donate $63.
We transferred 100% of your cyclone donations for aid inside Burma, but we also need funding to help us pressure governments and the United Nations, as well as build a stronger Burma movement.
Many people around the world are planning fundraising "house-arrest birthday parties" this June.  We are asking everyone who has not planned an event to make a donation today. 
Thank you for standing up for human rights.  Read below to learn about a few of the things we have done for Aung San Suu Kyi over the past 12 months. 
Jeremy Woodrum
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What We Have Done
When we started our campaign, not many people knew who Aung San Suu Kyi was.  Now, she is "on the map" more and more, due in part to our efforts.  We stood strongly for the Buddhist monks last autumn when they courageously marched on the streets calling for human rights; we successfully battled Burma onto the agenda of the UN Security Council, where for the first time in history China called for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release.  We have also worked to hold the international community accountable for getting aid to the victims of the Burma cyclone.  Over 5,000 of our members contacted the UN Secretary General, pressing him to FINALLY travel to Burma. 
1) Thousands of our members pressed the U.S. Congress to award Aung San Suu Kyi the highest U.S. honor — the Congressional Gold Medal
2)  We helped organize over 60 former Presidents and Prime Ministers from every single continent (except Antarctica) to issue a united call for Suu Kyi’s release
3) We pressed the United Nations Security Council (which includes China) to issue its first-ever acknowledgement of Aung San Suu Kyi as a democracy leader of Burma in a presidential statement last October
4) We worked with 30 celebrities to record 30 short videos/films about Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for human rights in Burma
5) Our work has been named in over 10,000 news articles.  Whereas one year ago Aung San Suu Kyi was spoken about by policymakers, she is now being discussed at the highest levels of the UN, Hollywood, the athletic world, and elsewhere.
To learn more about our work, you can see our accomplishments here.
The struggle for human rights in Burma is long and difficult.  Please honor the courage of Aung San Suu Kyi by donating $63, $630, or $6,300 today.
Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma.
Become a member of the United States Campaign for Burma today.
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