Accomplishments

The US Campaign for Burma is an organization committed to producing concrete, measurable results for the people of Burma. Here are just a few or our accomplishments.

-Putting the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient – Aung San Suu Kyi – on the map. Our efforts to raise awareness about Aung San Suu Kyi have been covered by over 3,000 news articles around the world, as well as on NBC, CNN, and countless radio shows.

-Recorded PSA about Burma on YouTube with actor Jim Carrey that was the #3 video on all of YouTube. Held a press conference outside the United Nations with Jim Carrey in which he called for countries to stop selling arms to Burma’s regime. We teamed up with the Human Rights Action Center on this.

- Organized a letter to the United Nations Secretary General calling for the UN to do more on Burma — signed by 28 Hollywood celebrities including Anjelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Julie Benz, Dustin Hoffman, Jennifer Aniston, and more. We teamed up with the Human Rights Action Center on this.

- In 2005-2007, led successful global campaign to place Burma on the permanent agenda of the United Nations Security Council, where it remains. We also led the global effort for the UN Secretary General to appoint an envoy to Burma to negotiate between the military regime and Aung San Suu Kyi.

- Established 100 community and student chapters across the United States dedicated to working on Burma.

- Brought Congressional staff to visit refugees and human rights activists on the Thailand-Burma border, where over 1,000,000 refugees have fled in fear. These Congressional staff subsequently ensured U.S. support for funding for refugee camps and internally displaced persons, the only government in the world to take such a step.

- Exposed to the world the crisis in eastern Burma, where the country’s ruling military regime has destroyed over 3,200 ethnic minority villages. The campaign of terror by the ruling military regime has been called “genocide” by some and at a minimum constitutes ethnic cleansing.

- Our staff worked to pressure over 100 companies to cut ties with Burma’s military regime, preventing billions of dollars from flowing to arms sales. The effort has been widely recognized as the most successful and effective boycott effort since the anti-apartheid struggle to end white-only rule in South Africa during the 1980s.

- Working closely with the US Congress to support the landmark passage of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, which forbids the United States from selling arms or giving money to Burma’s military regime. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 97-1 and the House by a vote of 418-2. Both Democrats and Republicans strongly supported the bi-partisan effort.

- Raised over $50,000 in funds for Burmese victims of the 2005 Asian tsunami, who were denied assistance by both their own government and from neighboring governments. Through the US Campaign for Burma’s strong ties inside Burma, 100% of these funds were delivered directly to the people needing help.

- Organized 25 trips of Americans to refugee camps along the Thailand – Burma border and sent a film crew inside Burma to document the levels of poverty and abuse.

- Produced “For the Lady”, a benefit CD with songs donated by Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, U2, Damien Rice, Coldplay, Avril Lavigne, Ani DiFranco, and 22 other major musicians. We teamed up with the Human Rights Action Center on this.

- Broadcast 3 songs from R.E.M.’s June 19, 2006 concert (Aung San Suu Kyi’s 60th birthday) into Burma with a special dedication from the stage from Michael Stipe. This was the first time that any concert has ever been broadcast inside the authoritarian country.

- Brought Eric Szmanda from television show “CSI” and Walter Koenig from “Star Trek” to visit refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma border. As a result, hundreds of news outlets reported more on Burma and the trip.


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