Please see below statement from Refugees International Deputy Director for Africa, Asia, and the Middle East Daniel P. Sullivan:
“Refugees International applauds the inclusion of large parts of the Burma Unified through Rigorous Military Accountability Act of 2022 (BURMA Act) in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022 (NDAA). This is a significant step and represents welcome congressional action in support of the people of Myanmar.
This action expressly supports the people of Myanmar over the illegitimate military junta, compels the United States to pursue stronger global coordination against the junta, and authorizes new sanctions against the junta and its financial supporters.
While this is a significant victory, we must still work to ensure sustained humanitarian assistance and accountability for the people of Myanmar, including the Rohingya. Refugees International will continue to advocate for Congressional and Administration action in the new year.
Thank you to Representative Meeks, Representative McCaul, Representative Chabot, and Senator Cardin for their leadership on this important legislation.”
Refugees International has endorsed and supported the BURMA Act since its introduction in Congress, including urging people to contact their Members of Congress and writing letters to the editor of their local newspapers, as well as issuing a statement of solidarity and hosting a press briefing call with Rohingya activists. The effort builds on Refugees International’s previous work on the Rohingya crisis including the #CallitGenocide campaign and extensive research and reporting.
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Refugees International’s Vice President for Strategic Outreach Sarah Sheffer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Caption: A view from a refugee camp in Bangladesh’s southern district of Cox’s Bazar on July 10, 2022. Photo by Guven Yilmaz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.