In an op-ed published this weekend in the Global Post, I argue that the Obama Administration must establish benchmarks and present credible consequences should its new strategy of engagement fail to produce movement toward real political change within Burma.
The World Health Organization's representative to Sudan, Mohammad Abdur Rab, told reporters yesterday that 10 percent of children in Darfur and in South Sudan die before their first birthday, and that 15 percent of children in western Darfur were malnourished. This immense figure provides a quantitative background to PHR's work on food security issues, as well as sanitation and health needs of displaced Darfuris living in UNHCR camps for the past five years.
You may have seen the news last week that the Obama Administration unveiled its long-awaited Sudan policy. PHR welcomed the renewed sense of urgency in the policy but took a skeptical position on the Khartoum genocidal regime's ability to fulfill the role of trusted partner envisioned in the new policy.
Waiting for me in my inbox on Monday morning were two press releases. One from the US State Department. The other from two prominent dissident groups in Burma: the 88 Generation Students and the All Burma Federation of Student Unions.
In the past few weeks, 30,000 refugees have fled across Burma's northern border into China's Yunnan province. Take action today to urge the US and UK to address this health and human rights crisis.