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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in Burma

Date: 
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building

Announcement

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) for a hearing on human rights in Burma.

For decades Burma was ruled by a brutal authoritarian military regime known for its abysmal human rights record. In 2010, after the first election in 20 years, opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was released from almost 15 years of house arrest and the country has transitioned from military rule to civilian-led government. Two years later, the National League for Democracy (NLD) participated in by-elections and a significant number of NLD members, including Aung San Suu Kyi, were elected to parliament. Since 2010, the Burmese government has instituted a number of positive reforms, such as the release of dozens of political prisoners, the passing of new laws to allow for increased freedom of association, and the abolishment of pre-publication censorship, among others. In response to these reforms the US began re-engaging with Burma and recently lifted a number of sanctions previously placed on the country.

Despite this progress, concerns remain about the serious human rights situation in the country including: the killing of civilians, restriction of humanitarian aid, and other egregious violations in Kachin State, the dire situation for Rohingyas in Rakhine State, land and development concerns, continued freedom of association and expression violations, hundreds of remaining political prisoners, and many more.

In addition to assessing the human rights situation in Burma, this hearing will evaluate U.S. policy, specifically with regards to the future of U.S. engagement with the Burmese military and investment.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or tlhrc@mail.house.gov.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, Member of Congress and Co-Chair, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, Member of Congress and Co-Chair, TLHRC

Witnesses

Panel I

  • Assistant Secretary Michael Posner, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
  • Patrick Murphy, Acting Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma, Bureau for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Panel II

  • Ms. Ah Noh, Deputy Coordinator, Kachin Women's Association of Thailand
  • Mr. Marco Simon, Legal Director, Earth Rights International
  • Mr. Tom Malinowski, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Ms. Jennifer Quigley, Executive Director, U.S. Campaign for Burma
  • Mr. Tom Andrews, President, United to End Genocide

Assistant Secretary Michael Posner: Human Rights in Burma [PDF] 
Ms. Ah Noh: Human Rights in Burma [PDF] 
Mr. Marco Simons: Human Rights in Burma [PDF] 
Mr. Tom Malinowski: Human Rights in Burma [PDF] 
Ms. Jennifer Quigley: Human Rights in Burma [PDF] 
The Honorable Tom Andrews: Human Rights in Burma [PDF] 

Transcript

Transcript [PDF] 

Video

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