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Burma Issues Newsletter August (r)
- Subject: Burma Issues Newsletter August (r)
- From: frdc@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 31 Aug 1995 06:08:00
There is a pattern of foreign governments and legislators blandly
asserting that there is no international support for economic
sanctions on the SLORC. In a debate on sanctions earlier this year
in the British House of Lords the same standard comment was made: no
international support for sanctions.
Fortunately, there is demonstrated growing grassroots support for
sanctions in the United States at least. The cities of Seattle and
Chicago have both unanimously passed resolutions calling for their
Congressional delegation to support a federal sanctions bill.
More importantly, the City of Berkeley, California, and the City of
Madison, Wisconsin, have passed laws barring their city purchasing
managers from buying goods or services from companies doing business
in Burma. A similar law has just passed the Massachusetts lower House
and is currently in the Massachusetts Senate. My conservative
estimation is that similar legislation boycotting companies doing
business in Burma will be introduced in ten cities and states in
North America by the end of the year.
You can receive a packet of information on these selective purchasing
laws from Conrad MacKerron at Progressive Asset Management at
pam@xxxxxxxxxxxx (Conrad worked on the successful Berkeley Burma
law.) I am also available as a resource on the Massachusetts
We need to bring these grassroots efforts to the attention to
national legislators and government officials. Through these local
laws, we are building up political support for sanctions in the same
way that support was built up for sanctions on the apartheid regime
in South Africa.
Franklin Research & Development
(617) 423 6655 x225
> Date: 29 Aug 1995 17:09:27
> Reply-to: Conference "reg.burma" <burmanet-l@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> From: information.general@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Burma Issues Newsletter August
> To: Recipients of burmanet-l <burmanet-l@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> From: Information Services - General use <information.general@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >Sanctions -- US Senator McConnell has introduced a sanctions bill
> >against Slorc, claiming there has been no human rights progress in
> >Burma despite the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. The move has been
> >opposed by Winston Lord who claims that there is no international
> >support for sanctions.
> It would be good if we could inform Mr Lord of international support
> for sanctions, does anyone have his e-mail address or fax no.?
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