USCB Acts: Victory #2: Congress Renews Burma Democracy Act; etc..

USCB Acts: Victory #2: Congress Renews Burma Democracy Act; etc..
Victory #2 Congress Renews Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act
Dear friends,

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5igdCyJjyrmYcW51jMvdL_idQZ0gQ

It’s not often we get to write about two victories in one week —
but, here goes… Last night, the U.S. Senate passed the renewal of
the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act. The U.S. House of
Representatives had already passed the measure the day before.
This means that the Burmese regime will not be able to export most
goods to the United States. Since Congress had acted two days
earlier to include precious gems to the list of goods that can’t be
exported from Burma, the regime will not receive hundreds of
millions of dollars from unsuspecting U.S. consumers.
We want to thank the thousands of you who called or otherwise urged
your members of Congress to support this move — your efforts helped
to make this possible. We also want to acknowledge the primary
sponsors of the legislation, Senators Mitch McConnell and Dianne
Feinstein as well as Congressmen Joe Crowley and Peter King — as
well as the late Congressman Tom Lantos. We expect that President
Bush will sign this into law very soon.
Meanwhile, we also wanted to let you know that the United Nations
Security Council, the most powerful body at the UN, discussed Burma
yesterday, behind closed doors. The UN Secretary General has
decided to send his envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, back to Burma in mid-
August. If the envoy fails to achieve the release of Aung San Suu
Kyi and concrete steps in the direction of legitimate democracy, it
is widely expected that many countries at the UN will press for
stronger action, including the possibility of a global arms embargo
on the military regime.
Clearly, the paralysis at the UN shows there is still much work to
be done — but we want to THANK YOU for helping ensure the United
States stands strongly behind the struggle for human rights in
Burma. Because of you, the campaign for change grows stronger by
the day.

Sincerely,

Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jennifer Quigley, Thelma Young, Jacqui
Pilch
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.

Victory! Congress Bans Gem Imports from Burma
Dear james m,

We are pleased to write to you with major news: last night the U.S.
Congress passed new, enhanced sanctions legislation banning the
import of gems from Burma. We want to thank the thousands of you
who telephoned, emailed, and met with your members of the House of
Representatives and Senate. We also want to acknowledge the hard
work carried out by the members of the House and the Senate — as
well as their staff members — who led this effort.

What Does the Legislation Do?

– This new law closes a gaping loophole in the Burmese Freedom and
Democracy Act that had previously allowed Burmese gems to be sold in
the United States, even though most all other imports are banned.
The Burmese regime’s sale of rubies and jade brings them upwards of
$300 million per year — much of that from unsuspecting American
consumers. Now, that will come to an end!

– The law also creates the position of a U.S. "Special Coordinator"
for Burma, whose job will be to reach out to other countries to
build support for Burma’s human rights activists and ultimately seek
a peaceful transition to democracy in the country.

Why The Legislation Is Important and Next Steps

– Similar to how "conflict diamonds" help prop up a civil war in
Africa, the sale of Burmese rubies and jade funnelled hundreds of
millions of dollars to Burma’s military dictatorship, financing
their reign of terror.

We still have much more work to do — the Burmese Freedom and
Democracy Act must be renewed and gems weren’t the only source of
funds for the military regime — but for one day we want to pause
and celebrate an important step forward.

THANK YOU.

Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jennifer Quigley, Thelma Young, Jacqui
Pilch

US Congress approves legislation to bar Myanmar gems, Agence France
Presse

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gmqlkTAfJGUQeIaJ55gdnrqqZVhQ

US Congress passes new Myanmar gemstone sanctions bill, Associated
Press

Results of Aung San Suu Kyi’s Birthday Action
Dear friends,

We are writing to thank everyone who helped out on Aung San Suu
Kyi’s birthday, and wanted to share a few highlights. Also, we hope
everyone will read this short but powerful essay written by Nilar
Thein, a brave human rights activist who is "on the run", hiding
from Than Shwe’s military dictatorship in Burma. She has been
separated from her infant daughter now for over 10 months as she
continues to help lead the movement for freedom in Burma.
Highlights of Action by U.S. Campaign for Burma and Others
Throughout the World – Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday was reported by
over 500 news organizations throughout the world
– Senator Barack Obama called for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release and
for the UN Security Council to take action
– Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain, called for Aung San
Suu Kyi’s release

https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1189/t/5102/shop/custom.jsp?
donate_page_KEY=2116

– Inside Burma, the All Burma Monks Organization issued a call for
the leader of the military dictatorship in Burma, Than Shwe, to be
taken to the International Criminal Court and tried for committing
crimes against humanity – Also inside Burma, many protestors led a
demonstration calling for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release — at least one
dozen were arrested and we greatly fear for their well-being – Our
campaign Burma It Can’t Wait was profiled on the MySpace celebrity
section. – French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown issued a joint call for Aung San Suu Kyi’s
release. – In the United States, we organized over 200 events. At
most events, participants "arrested themselves" — staying at home
for 24 hours in solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi. During a portion
of their "arrest", they invited friends and family over to watch
videos on Burma and raise money for USCB. – Several women Nobel
Peace Prize recipients issued a joint call for Aung San Suu Kyi’s
release.

– U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice spoke about Aung San Suu
Kyi at the UN Security Council – In the U.S. Congress, over 100
supporters of human rights, members of Congress, and others gathered
to issue a joint, public demand for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release – A
few weeks ago, Anjelica Huston held a press conference inside the
United Nations building calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi –
– the first-ever Burma event in the UN building by a
entertainment/cultural leader. All human rights struggles are long
and difficult, but with your support the efforts of Aung San Suu Kyi
and the Burmese people are growing stronger by the day. For
example, over the past year, our email list has expanded from under
6,000 supporters to over 50,000. There is still much work to be
done, but we wanted to take a minute to THANK YOU for all of your
work, compassion, and dedication. Many warm thanks, U.S. Campaign
for Burma

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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