Tuesday, March 21, 2006

US Lawmakers Focus on Human Rights

A recent article at VOA reports on human rights in countries of concern.

This is the little bit they have to say about Burma:

Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, Barry Lowenkron, says the situation in Burma continues to be a high priority for the Bush administration.

"Only by Burma's return to the democratic path from which it was wrenched, can the basic rights of the Burmese people be realized," said Barry Lowenkron. "The regime's misrule has inflicted tremendous suffering on the Burmese people and caused or exacerbated a host of ills for its neighbors, from refugee outflows, to the spread of infectious diseases, and the trafficking of drugs and human beings."

Lowenkron says the Bush administration is pursuing what he called all avenues on Burma, including further steps at the United Nations, and pressure on members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

VOA News - US Lawmakers Focus on Human Rights
This is quite a good summary! Burma needs to continue in the spotlight in regards its human rights abuses. Aung Sun Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for far too long. All dissent is squashed. The people live in fear. Minority groups experience constant attacks from the military such that they are unable to live safely in their villages or till their land for food. They are constantly being forced to flee to the jungles while their houses and crops are torched. Malnutrition is becoming more evident among the children out in the jungle areas.

Talk has gone on long enough. Isn't it time for some real action?

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