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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Growing Pressure on European Union for a United Nations Investigation of Burmese Regime.

From the U.S. Campaign for Burma:

Pressure on the European Union (EU) to support an UN investigation into crimes against humanity in Burma is growing. This week three prominent dissident groups in Burma, the All Burma Monks Alliance, the 88 Generation Students and the All Burma Federation of Student Union sent an open letter to the EU asking for their support. The pressure is working--just this week Hungary announced it supports the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity in Burma!

Right now, the EU is drafting a resolution on Burma that it will introduce at the UN General Assembly meeting (UNGA) which will begin on the 3rd week of September. We need your help to make sure this resolution calls for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into Crimes Against Humanity in Burma. We need you to call the ambassadors again as soon as possible.

This is long over due. There have already been 19 UN General Assembly resolutions on Burma since 1991, but none have mentioned the Commission of Inquiry and none have taken serious action. Following UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Quintana's call for the investigation this March, some of the UN's most powerful players, including the US and UK, have endorsed his recommendation. Support for the Commission of Inquiry is the highest it has even been. But this is not enough, we need the EU, a major sponsor of the draft resolution on Burma, to include the call for the Commission of Inquiry in this UNGA resolution.

Below, we have included instructions on how to call or email.

Myra Dahgaypaw

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Sabio Lantz said...

But what is their bite?
Economic sanctions?
Bad mouthing?

They call him James Ure said...

@Sabio...It is needed I think to keep up the pressure to let them know that the rest of the world is watching. We might not be able to stop them but we can make it difficult on them with trade.

The main thing is to go on notice that the rest of the world finds them less than credible and oppressive to human rights.

Speaking out is important. Too often we don't speak out when other people are doing bad things to others right in front of our face.

dragonflyfilly said...

hi james,
i commented on your previous Post on "Health..."etc.
too late for my brain to wrap around world news...

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