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Burma & U.S. Congress on July 31, 1

Subject: Burma & U.S. Congress on July 31, 1995

Attn: Burma Newsreaders
Re: Burma & U.S. Congress on July 31, 1995

                             Amendment No. 1998

At the appropriate place in the bill, insert the following:

(a) Findings.--The Congress finds the following:

(1) The United States Department of State has declared that, `Burma is

ruled by a highly authoritarian, military regime that has been condemned

for its serious human rights abuses.'

(2) Among the human rights abuses the Burmese military regime, known as the

State Law and Order Restoration Council or SLORC has committed are summary

executions, rape, torture, forced labor, politically motivated arrests and

detention, and suppression of minority groups.

(3) In democratic elections held on May 27, 1990 the Burmese people voted

by an overwhelming majority for the representatives of the National League

for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

(4) The Burmese military regime vitiated the election, placed Mrs. Suu Kyi

under house arrest and jailed thousands of her supporters.

(5) In 1991 Mrs. Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

(6) In the face of a clear determination by the United States Congress to

punish the SLORC severely, the Burmese military regime gave Mrs. Suu Kyi

her unconditional release on July 10, 1995.

(7) However, the SLORC has still not released thousands of other Burmese

supporters of the democracy movement and has not started a dialogue with

Mrs. Suu Kyi to restore democratic rule to Burma .

(b) Policy Declarations.--The Congress--

(1) declares the restoration of democracy in Burma to be a major foreign

policy goal of the United States, and

(2) declares that a failure by the Burmese State Law and Order Council to

release all political prisoners and open a dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi

and other Burmese democratic leaders will lead to appropriate sanctions by

the United States Congress.

end. (fb.073195.usc)