New Report Outlines Why USG Should Maintain Sanctions on Burma

I write to draw your attention to a new report Supporting Human Rights in Myanmar: Why the U.S. Should Maintain Existing Sanctions Authority, just released by United to End Genocide and Fortify Rights, that describes why the U.S. government should maintain pro-human rights and democracy sanctions on Burma.

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DEADLINE FRIDAY – Join 80+ Members on Bipartisan Letter on Sudan

Additionally, we urge the administration to counter gold as a major source of funding for the conflict in Sudan, allowing it to continue its atrocities. Please prioritize efforts to encourage industry associations to designate Sudan’s gold as conflict-affected. Gold has emerged as a top revenue earner for the Sudanese government after the secession of South Sudan deprived the regime of oil proceeds. The bulk of this gold is mined in the conflict region of Darfur and its extraction bears the hallmarks of grave human rights abuses. Penalizing the trade in Sudanese gold can help deprive the regime of a major source of revenue for its war machinery.

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Join Bipartisan Letter on Sudan

We ask that you join us on sending the letter below to President Obama urging him to re-prioritize peace, accountability and protection of civilians in Sudan during his final year in office. The human rights and humanitarian crisis in Sudan continues to deteriorate. Rape, murder, the burning and looting of villages and mass displacement are, once again, commonplace in Darfur. Bombing and starvation are the weapons of war used against the civilian populations of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. And with the attention of the world so focused on other crises, including in South Sudan, the nightmare suffered by the people of Darfur, Blue Nile, South Kordofan and indeed throughout Sudan has faded from the front pages. The United States needs to exercise its leadership in condemning Khartoum’s actions and coordinating a more effective international response.

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SIGN-ON LETTER: Encourage President Obama to Meet with Saudi Civil Society

President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Saudi Arabia this week on April 21. Please join this letter urging President Obama to meet with representatives of civil society and human rights advocates, including those who may be currently in prison or their families, or take similar action to help raise the public profile of human rights concerns.

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Join Bipartisan Letter to President Obama on Sudan

We ask that you join us on sending the letter below to President Obama urging him to re-prioritize peace, accountability and protection of civilians in Sudan during his final year in office. The human rights and humanitarian crisis in Sudan continues to deteriorate. Rape, murder, the burning and looting of villages and mass displacement are, once again, commonplace in Darfur. Bombing and starvation are the weapons of war used against the civilian populations of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. And with the attention of the world so focused on other crises, including in South Sudan, the nightmare suffered by the people of Darfur, Blue Nile, South Kordofan and indeed throughout Sudan has faded from the front pages. The United States needs to exercise its leadership in condemning Khartoum’s actions and coordinating a more effective international response.

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Briefing 4/14: Forced Disappearances in El Salvador

Please join the Congressional Central America Caucus and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on unresolved cases of forced disappearances that occurred during El Salvador’s civil war and their impact on efforts to strengthen rule of law in El Salvador today.

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