An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Support Free and Fair Elections in Burma

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Please cosponsor bipartisan resolution to support democracy in Burma As your constituent, I ask that you cosponsor one of the current resolutions calling for free and fair elections in Burma (S.Res.701 and H.Res.1121). If you have done so already, I thank you for your leadership. Please let me know, so I may inform my community. We vote, too! In December 2018 The House of Representatives passed a resolution naming the extreme and systematic persecution of the Rohingya minority a genocide. Many other nations and experts agree with this assessment. While the Burmese military burns, seizes and steals land from minority communities, the government of Aung San Suu Kyi refuses to engage with the international community on restoring rights to deeply disenfranchised groups like the Rohingya, who have lost their right to run for office and even vote. While there is a clear lack of accountability for the 2016 and 2017 mass atrocities and displacement of almost 800,000, there is now a brutal new military "clearance" operation targeting the Buddhist Rakhine as well as the Rohingya in Rakhine and Chin States. Indeed, the lack of freedom of movement and internet restrictions will make elections challenging for many ethnic minorities, leaving them doubly marginalized. As Americans, we understand the importance of having free, fair, credible and accessible elections.We hope you will agree that a functioning democracy is urgently needed in Burma. But a healthy democracy cannot be built on policies that reject pluralism and divide one community from another, often violently. Independent observers must have access despite the additional challenge of the pandemic. A true democracy cannot exclude entire minorities like the Rohingya, based only on their ethnic and religious identity. There should be no excuses for this behavior from the government of Burma. We should not turn a blind eye to a false exercize in democracy, but promote the real thing. Please be in touch with Senator Cardin’s office or Rep. Levin’s office to add your support to these important resolutions.

First sent on September 29, 2020 by Justice for All

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