U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) led 14 of their colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees yesterday, urging the chairs and ranking members to support the Burmese military sanctions provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act as the bill heads to conference before Congress is able to send it to the president. Burmese military officials have been implicated in gross human rights abuses and other atrocities against ethnic minorities in Burma, particularly a horrific campaign against the Rohingya people. Earlier this year, Senator Young helped introduce a bipartisan Senate resolution condemning the Burmese military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya and calling for the “safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable return” of the refugees who have been displaced by this violence. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the resolution in March. Senator Young has also advocated for the release of two Reuters journalists who have been imprisoned by the regime in Burma for documenting the atrocities against the Rohingya people. Last year, Senator Young led a letter signed by 21 senators to U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley regarding the Burmese military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing.
July 14th, 2018|Local News|