Burma’s Ethnic Community Organizations Call for President Biden’s Support Following Coup
For Immediate Release
April 12, 2021
Media contact: Clara Thethtet Tunwin, Organizer: (612) 443 2593
M. Tu Aung, Organizer: (757) 769-9801
(Washington DC, April 12, 2021) Today, 229 organizations and around 19,000 individuals from all 50 states, including Washington, DC, have sent a letter to President Joseph R. Biden urging immediate action in regards to the deteriorating situation in Burma. Over two months have passed since the Burmese military seized power, during which 3,080 individuals have been detained and 710 have been killed.
The military’s recent campaign of violence against ethnic people in Rakhine, Shan, Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Chin, and Mon states is a reason for great concern. The brutal crackdowns against the anti-coup movement by the military, conflict between ethnic armed organizations, and the military’s airstrikes have displaced thousands of civilians in the past six weeks.
These ongoing crises require swift action from the Biden administration. While the US’s recent actions regarding Burma are positive first steps (i.e. limitations on exports to Burma and restrictions of US-based Burmese assets), further action is necessary to prevent future violence and displacement. All military-linked companies should be sanctioned by the United States, in addition to the adult children of sanctioned generals.
“While the Biden Administration has taken great first steps, they need to continue to act with urgency to protect the ethnic and religious minorities and CDM protesters. The people of Burma, from the jungles of the ethnic states to the streets of Rangoon, are willing to sacrifice their lives and safety to bring about genuine and inclusive democracy in Burma. Therefore, President Biden and his administration should use all the leverages to support our aspirations and help bring about democratic change to Burma,” Myra Dahgaypaw.
Many of the individuals and parties signed on to the letter are refugees and immigrants who resettled in the US to escape the military’s attacks. It is necessary for the US to respond to these calls for action to ensure that Burma is a secure, just, and human-rights based nation for years to come.