Currently, there is legislation in the House that would impose new, tough sanctions on the Burmese military elite. The sanctions would cut off the illegal gem trade and freeze the bank accounts of the top 25 Burmese elite (these sanctions will NOT hurt the Burmese people; they are targeted at the elite specifically). Passing this bill would RADICALLY CHANGE the international situation by cutting off the financial lifeline of the Burmese regime, making them more vulnerable to outside pressure.
The House bill, called the Block Burmese JADE Act of 2007, is currently being held up because there is not enough constituent pressure. We need you to contact your district representative and ask them to co-sponsor the JADE Act.
Please email and call your rep., asking them to co-sponsor legislation. You can find your rep. below.
- Tell the staffer you want their representatives to move the Block Burmese JADE Act of 2007 out of the Ways and Means Committee and onto the House floor.
- Tell them that it is absolutely essential that this must happen before this Friday's deadline, as the Burmese people cannot wait any more time for change.
- Give her/him proof that this policy works. It cuts off hundreds of millions of dollars to the regime and will specifically target the top generals' finances. It will cut off the gem trade and freeze the bank accounts of the 25 ruling generals and businessmen.
-Mention that the military junta still deserves sanctions. On top of brutally crushing thousands of peaceful demonstrators, including monks, the military regime has destroyed more than 3,000 villages. It has forcibly displaced more than half a million people inside Burma as well as causing a million refugees to flee across the border to neighboring countries and has made no efforts to move toward democracy.
- Let her/him know it is important to send a strong signal to the regime that the US government will continue to keep American money out the hands of the junta. - This is not the only action being taken against Burma. On top of many diplomatic efforts, the EU has imposed new sanctions, as well as Australia, and even Japan has decreased aid to Burma.