Target: The United States State Department
Goal: Applaud decision to open human rights talks with Myanmar
The United States State Department has recently wrapped up its first round of communication with Myanmar regarding human rights. This first round of many discussions to come has been assessed as successful, with the State Department hopeful that Myanmar is receptive to improving human rights in its country, such as the treatment of political prisoners.
The sanctions that the United States had imposed on the former militarily controlled nation will be pulled back simultaneously as these talks progress. While the State Department was originally skeptical on whether or not Myanmar would be receptive to discussing human rights issues, apparently the nation was open to all discussions that the State Department put forth.
After dismantling its fifty-year oppressive government, the people of Myanmar have already started addressing many human rights issues. Under the old regime, the Myanmar people were subjected to harsh censorship law and had very limited freedom of speech. Now the people are free to protest and to even form unions. The country has also been releasing many political prisoners who were imprisoned during the former regime.
The United States making this effort to make good relations with a nation formerly riddled with human rights travesties is a compassionate move of diplomacy. Politicians often throw around such phrases as “making the world a better place” and “spreading American values,” but this is usually in relation to military action. The fact that the United States is doing both of those without the use of force but through diplomacy, is laudable and should be encouraged.
Sign this petition and encourage the U.S. to use diplomacy more often. In a world where violence dominates news coverage, this friendly and warm diplomacy is encouraging to everyone.
Please support diplomacy as a method of spreading valued ideas such as free speech, rather than war.
Dear Secretary Clinton,
Diplomacy is so important. It makes the channels of communications open and allows a frank discussion of human rights in the modern world. It is highly valuable and desirable.
In this world of violence on the six o’clock news, friendly diplomacy to promote ideals we find fundamentally sacred is refreshing. Myanmar is a nation on the road to recovery, and the United States State Department’s involvement in helping it get on the path to rights for everyone is heart-warming.
Thank you for taking the time to discuss human rights with Myanmar and for making a measurable difference in the lives of those just coming out of a harsh military regime. This time is especially volatile for that country, and the support from the United States is not going unnoticed.
[Your Name Here]
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