The trial of Burmese democracy leader Aun San Suu Kyi has brought long overdue international attention to the crisis in Burma, including to the slaughter and displacement of civilians in the eastern part of the country by the military junta.
Over the past month, many international figures, including former UN special rapporteur for human rights in Burma Sergio Pinheiro and Nobel Laureate Jose Ramos Horta, have called for the international community to end impunity for these crimes through an investigation that could lead to a referral to the International Criminal Court.
Toward this end, Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) have drafted a Congressional letter to President Obama urging him to take the lead in establishing a Commission of Inquiry into crimes committed by the Burmese regime at the United Nations Security Council. This represents a tangible step that could help end a campaign of violence that has destroyed over 3,000 villages and displaced more than 1 million people over the past 15 years.
Click here to read the letter and see the list of Representatives who have signed on.
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