Your efforts to end genocide are working. Do you want to hear some good news?
The U.S. steps up for the Uyghurs; but more needs to be done
The Biden administration officials are stepping up pressure on American corporations to stop imports from China that exploit Uyghur forced labor and help perpetrate the genocide. Moreover, the US is making the end of these human rights abuses the center of the US bilateral trade agenda with China.
This comes as Congress is on the brink of approving the “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act’ that would prohibit imports of all products from the Uyghur region of China unless the importer can prove their items are free of forced labor. Thanks to your emails and calls, last month the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.” Let’s take action to press the House of Representatives to follow suit.
Weekend rallies worldwide for Myanmar
This past weekend, thousands of people gathered across the world in support of Myanmar’s new civilian-led National Unity Government. In Washington, DC, thousands rallied outside the White House and then marched to Congress to demand that it introduce a new Burma bill.
In the past week, we have together ramped up our email, phone calls, and Zoom meetings with our Members of Congress. Because of your pressure, Senator Ben Cardin and Representative Gregory Meeks are hearing from your elected officials asking to co-sponsor the upcoming Burma bill. Thanks to your work, Senator Cardin and Rep. Meeks are now planning to introduce the Burma bills as early as next month.
- Can you take action to stop the flow of money to the Myanmar military from the Burmese gem trade? Please tell luxury jeweler Harry Winston to stop selling #GenocideGems that profit the Myanmar military.
- Through pressure, Chevron and Total have cut some of their payments to the Myanmar military but they need to cut it all off. Will you demand Chevron stop bankrolling the Myanmar military?
Paul Rusesabagina still needs our help
Last month, we sent you an email about how Rwandan President Paul Kagame is using Pegasus, software from the Israeli NSO, to spy on people around the planet. Some, such as Carine Kaminba, are American citizens. Last week, the Washington Post published a piece by Rusesabagina’s other daughter, Anaïse Kanimba. In it, she says, “When a U.S. resident and human rights hero is kidnapped abroad, dragged across international borders and tortured, I believe that the moment for action has already come.”