Target: US Department of the Treasury, House of Representatives
Goal: Remove sanctions against Burma so pro-democracy advances can continue.
The treasury department’s delayed response in suspending sanctions against Burma is creating complications for the pro-democracy movement going on within the Burmese government. Secretary Clinton first made the announcement that certain financial and investment sanctions would be suspended back in May; however, the Department of the Treasury has yet to actually release any guidelines on what will be done. This delay is creating a rift within President Thein Sein’s government, with hardliners using the postponements to gain momentum and to say that reformist’s actions are not working. If we do nothing to ease these sanctions and reward the government for its pro-democracy advances in the last few years, it is likely we will see the country fall back into its old ways.
Lack of outside investment in Burma has had a strongly negative impact on the development of the country. The sanctions were originally put in place to quell human rights abuses that were occurring and attempted to pressure government leaders to end five decades of military rule, instead pushing the Burmese government in the direction of a more representative system. In the last few years Burma has made great strides towards democracy, including hosting democratic elections and voting human rights leader Aung San Suu Kyi into Parliament.
Currently, the House of Representatives and the US Department of Treasury are debating whether they will suspend or maintain these sanctions. All the while, Burmese citizens continue to suffer from lack of investment and a growing hardline movement. Sign this petition letting the House of Representative and the US Department of the Treasury know that you support suspending these sanctions and aiding the people of Burma on their path to democracy.
To the US Department of the Treasury and the House of Representatives,
While Congress debates whether or not to lift sanctions that are in place against the Burmese government, the hardline movement within the government grows stronger, touting that reformist actions are solving nothing. These sanctions were made with the best intentions; however, lack of investment from the outside world has halted development in Burma and hurt its citizenry.
Now, as Burma takes steps towards democracy with open elections and an increase in protection of political dissidents, it is time these sanctions were re-evaluated. Suspend the financial and investment sanctions against Burma and let them know that the world supports its progress towards democracy.
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