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Burma: UN Security Council Resolution

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Will you join the call from Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu and
sign a petition to the U.S. and U.K. Ambassadors to the United Nations?

The timing on this is crucial: the United States (and United Kingdom) have an unparalleled opportunity to take action
In August and September, the UK and US will serve consecutively as President of the UN Security Council. The UK and US ambassadors to the UN, John Sawers and Susan Rice, have the power to propose a Security Council resolution creating this investigation (also called a "Commission of Inquiry").

As you know, about six weeks ago 55 members of Congress sent a letter to the Obama administration urging him to call for an official UN Security Council investigation into crimes against humanity in Burma.
So far, the administration's verbal calls for change in Burma are falling on the deaf ears of Than Shwe's military regime -- now, we need Obama to move beyond words and respond to these members of Congress by taking concrete action.

Desmond Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize recipient, recently echoed the calls of the 55 members of Congress, stating:

"Burma's generals are criminals, and must be treated as such. Than Shwe should be held accountable for abominable atrocities: his soldiers rape ethnic women and children, they torture, mutilate and murder at will. In eastern Burma, more than 3,300 ethnic villages have been destroyed, more than in Darfur. Civilians are deliberately targeted and shot on sight. The UN must establish a commission of inquiry, with a view to compiling evidence for prosecution. Failure to do so amounts to complicity with these crimes."

Congress and Tutu aren't the only ones calling for urgent action. The former United Nations expert on human rights in Burma, made the exact same call in an article in the New York Times stating:

"The Security Council must establish a commission of inquiry into crimes against humanity and impunity in Myanmar. The Security Council took similar steps with regard to Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The situation in Myanmar is equally as critical."

At the same time, five of the world's leading judges -- including those that served on the International Criminal Tribunals on Rwanda and Yugoslavia -- just released a report (Document Not Found 10/04/10) calling for an end to crimes against humanity in Burma, and urging the UN Security Council to create a commission of inquiry.

The United States and United Kingdom have an unparalleled opportunity this August and September to help stop crimes against humanity in Burma. Sign the petition now -- and forward it to as many of your friends and family as possible. We need to make a big push, and need your help.

Jeremy Woodrum and Mike Haack

Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma:

Become a member of the U.S. Campaign for Burma.

From: "Jeremy and Mike, U.S. Campaign for Burma"
Subject: Join Desmond Tutu: Tell the US and UK to Take Action on Burma
Date: 5 августа 2009 г. 7:24

                         PETITION TEXT:

Burma: UN Security Council Resolution


Dear Ambassador Susan Rice and Ambassador John Sawers,

I am joining this petition since you serve as Presidents of the United Nations Security Council in August and September, 2009, urging you to support Desmond Tutu's call for a UN Security Council Commission of Inquiry and a global arms embargo on Burma.

Desmond Tutu is not the only person to make this call.  55 members of Congress and 60 members of the British parliament have urged the same action.  At the same time, a new report by Harvard Law School, commissioned by five of the world's leading judges, calls for immediate action on crimes against humanity in Burma.  The UN human rights representative to Burma, Paulo Pinheiro, said the same thing in a New York Times op-ed.

The scale and severity of crimes committed by Than Shwe's regime is shocking -- as many villages destroyed as in Darfur, tens of thousands of child soldiers, wide-spread use of modern-day slave labor, and widespread rape of ethnic minority women.  The fact that many countries have turned a blind eye to these abuses recalls the awful days of indifference to similar abuses in Rwanda and Darfur.  Scarcely a country has even mentioned these vast crimes at the U.N. Security Council.

We urge you to seize this moment to immediately propose and build support for a binding U.N. Security Council resolution on these matters.  The longer we wait, the more people will die.




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