Tuesday, August 01, 2006

President Renews Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 1, 2006

President Bush has signed today a bill renewing the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 and extending import restrictions against the regime, as a sign of his serious concern about the Burmese regime's continuing refusal to act on its professed commitment to democratization. Instead, the country slides deeper into self-imposed isolation and misrule, the democratic opposition and ethnic minority groups continue to be shut out of the political process, and Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest.

The United States watches in deep dismay as a country of Burma's beauty and potential deteriorates under the oppressive weight of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) military junta. Burma's neighbors in the Association of Southeast Nations have also recently condemned the regime's lack of tangible progress in returning to the democratic path.

The President calls on the international community and the United Nations to join the United States in support of the people of Burma.

Bosun's comment: Aung San Suu Kyi is the elected leader of Burma and a pro-democracy activist. However, the military junta who controls her country has kept Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for ten out of the last 17 years.

After taking control, the military junta moved the capital city and renamed the country of Burma to Myanmar. The military junta has created a repressive regime with little or no regard to human rights. The military junta continues to build “Nationalities Youth Resource Development Degree Colleges” which may be used re-education camps for the youths in rebel regions.

Thank you President Bush for signing the bill to renew the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003. Wish the United Nations would take more action.

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