Since Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made her much publicized tatement, urging American businesses to "Invest in Burma" the US. Campaign for Burma has reported intimidation by rape, farmers being forced by the military to leave resource rich land and become internally displaced refugees, torture of political prisoners and ordinary people for non-compliance with military orders, etc.
I sent the following mail to the BBC which has waxed optimistic about investing in Burma, only sayin there are "ethnic tensions" between the Rohinga Muslim people and Buddhists.
The US. Campaign for Burma wants the People of Burma to have their Own Independence Day. They are asking everyone to call their Federal Senators and urge renewal of the "Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act" Including Renewing sanctions against the Burmese military junta.
Below is my letter to the BBC.
The BBC and other news organizations are singing the praises of "invest in
" and saying the only difficulties are between Muslim and Buddhist people. Then why do I keep receiving E-mails such as the material copied below Directly from an E-mail from the Burma . Campaign for US ? Could it be that both the Burma . And Europe hope to boost their flagging economies through "investing in Burma" which has exploitable natural resources, at the expense of More people whose human rights are being violated on a daily basis? Please have the courage to do a bit of research or put this on your Facebook page so Others can. US
Teresa Myeers, from the
"While the international community, according to Aung San Suu Kyi, has expressed reckless
optimism, the situation has not gotten any better outside big cities like
and Naypyitaw. As you are reading this,
’s military is violating the basic Burma
human rights of ethnic people, particularly the Kachin.
’s regime still refuses Burma
to admit there are hundreds of political prisoners behind bars. With the lifting
investment ban, interest in development has spiked. US
More and more farmers are in danger of being forced off their land to make way for foreign investment
or subjected to forced labor, crop burnings, and extortion.
Some farmers have been arrested for refusing to leave their land
. We must send a strong signal that real reform respects rights for all, not profits
for the few. The import ban in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act is the last
piece of leverage the
U.S. has to push 's military and government towards real Burma
Please call your Senators and ask them to cosponsor the renewal of sanctions against
Presently five Senators have agreed to cosponsor the renewal! We need to keep the
momentum going, emails will not be enough,
we need you to call your Senators.
The Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act denies hundreds of millions of American dollars
from getting into the hands of the Burmese junta and its cronies. Now more than ever,
the Kachin and
Burma's marginalized communities need our help to sustain strong U.S.
pressure on the regime . . ."