Sunday, March 6, 2016

House Resolution on Burma

Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), leaders in the House on Burma, introduced a resolution noting the successes in Burma’s democratic elections after decades of repression and called for additional steps to end ongoing human rights abuses and advance much-needed democratic reforms.
The House Resolution noted that "Whereas the United States Department of State described the elections as an, ‘‘important step forward’’, yet, ‘‘far from perfect’’, and indicated that there‘‘,. . .remain important structural and systemic impediments to the realization of full democratic and civilian government, including the reservation of a large number of unelected seats for the military; the disfranchisement of groups of people who voted in previous elections, including the Rohingya; and the disqualification of candidates based on arbitrary application of citizenship and residency requirements.’’It also expressed its deep concern about the plight of the Rohingya people, and urged the current and future governments of Burma to end discriminatory practices and instead work toward restoration of and respect for the rights of the Rohingya and all the people of Burma.You can read the text of the Resolution by clicking here.

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