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The U.S. Campaign for Burma (USCB) was established to help build and channel political will for freedom in Burma. Since our founding in 2003, USCB’s work has delivered tangible results for the people of Burma. USCB’s grassroots members have been the driving force in the United States for mobilizing political pressure for democracy and human rights in Burma. We are the only U.S. based advocacy organization devoted full-time to human rights, freedom, and democracy in Burma. Around the country and the globe, we are a recognized leader of the Free Burma movement. Our partners include celebrities, musicians, global leaders, policymakers, and our 70,000+ grassroots members across the country. Our work has been featured in more than 10,000 news articles including the New York Times, CNN, BBC, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post. Our grassroots members play a critical role in building and sustaining our relationships with elected officials, local media, and communities across the country.

USCB is honored to be a member of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR). The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) is a coalition of human rights, environmental, labor, and development organizations that creates, promotes and defends legal frameworks to ensure corporations respect human rights in their global operations.

USCB is also honored to be a member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP). The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect brings together NGOs from all regions of the world to strengthen normative consensus for RtoP, further the understanding of the norm, push for strengthened capacities to prevent and halt genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity and mobilize NGOs to push for action to save lives in RtoP country-specific situations.


Action


USCB's 78,000 grassroots members have and continue to serve as a critical component of our everyday work on behalf of human rights and genuine democracy in Burma by taking action.

Burma: It Can't Wait - Celebrity Campaign PSA 

Thingyan Water Festival at Georgetown University

Arrest Yourself 2010 - Global Action for Burma

Thank You Burma Grassroots from U.S.Campaign for Burma


  • We successfully helped to convince UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to commit to traveling to Burma to seek the release of all political prisoners in Burma, including Aung San Suu Kyi.  To do this, thousands of our members emailed the Secretary General directly and we collected thousands of petition signatures to demand the release of all political prisoners.
  • Established 100 community and student chapters across the United States dedicated to working on Burma.
  • We partnered with STAND, a student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network, at a conference/rally held in Washington, DC. It was attended by tens of thousands of people and we garnered over 10,000 new supporters to our movement.
  • Working with our 50,000 grassroots members in the United States, we led the effort to renew the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act in Congress with a record high co-sponsors in the House and in the Senate. This bill serves to cut off funding to Burma's military junta and provides aid to Burmese refugees.
  • Over a 10-year period, 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.
  • 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.
Advocacy

Since 2003, USCB's members have been the driving force in the United States for mobilizing political pressure for democracy and human rights in Burma. Our advocacy efforts in Washington have resulted in strong bi-partisan Congressional support for Burma.
  • On September 19, 2013, USCB Executive Director Jennifer Quigley testified at the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific (Committee on Foreign Affairs) hearing: "An Unclear Roadmap: Burma's Fragile Political Reforms and Growing Ethnic Strife." Click here to view the text of the testimony. Click here to view the video of the hearing.
  • On June 4, 2013, USCB Executive Director Jennifer Quigley and Earthrights International Legal Advocacy Coordinator Jonathan Kaufman testified at the U.S. Trade Representative Subcommittee on Generalized Systems of Preferences (GSP) hearing to determine whether Burma and Laos should be granted Beneficiary Developing Country status under GSP.

           - Click here to view Jennifer's testimony.
           - Click here to view Jonathan's testimony.

  • In the weeks leading up to the Burmese regime's sham elections on November 7, 2010, we organized global coordinated actions with students and activists in the United States and 11 countries to host mock election events. Through our collective action, we successfully pressured President Obama to denounce the regime's sham election and to refuse to recognize the results.
  • On August 18, 2010 after months of rigorous grassroots campaign led by the U.S. Campaign for Burma and repeated requests from the U.S. lawmakers, the Obama administration finally agreed to support the establishment of an UN-led Commission of Inquiry to investigate crimes against humanity and war crimes taking place in Burma.
  • On July 30, 2010, we organized a letter-writing initiative by a bipartisan group of 32 Senators to send a letter to former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, calling for the United States government "to support the establishment of a United Nations Commission of Inquiry to investigate whether crimes against humanity and war crimes took place" in Burma. The letter was organized by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) and co-signed by 30 other Senators.
  • Working with our 70,000 grassroots members in the United States, we annually lead the effort to renew the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act in Congress and have done so with a record high number of co-sponsors in the House and in the Senate. This bill serves to cut off funding to Burma's military junta and provides aid to Burmese refugees.
  • We led a successful effort to ban all imports of Burmese gems into the United States. The Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta Anti-democratic Efforts) Act of 2008 was signed into law on July 29, 2008. This trade previously brought the regime hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
  • 442 Members of Parliament from governments around the world signed onto a Global MP letter that calls for President Obama to push for the establishment of the UN Security Council's Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma.
  • We led a successful effort to keep Burma debated at the highest levels of the UN. Because of us, Burma remains on the permanent agenda of the UN Security Council.
  • 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.
  • We successfully helped to convince UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to commit to traveling to Burma to seek the release of all political prisoners in Burma, including Aung San Suu Kyi. To do this, thousands of our members emailed the Secretary General directly and we collected thousands of petition signatures to demand the release of all political prisoners.
  • UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, called on the UN to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma, making it the first ever meaningful recommendation by an UN senior official in 20 years of UN involvement in Burma. In his 30-page report to the 13th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Special Rapporteur touched on all issues related to human rights violations by the regime, and recommended the UN "to consider the possibility to establish a commission of inquiry with a specific fact finding mandate to address the question of international crimes."
Aid

By lobbying the U.S. government, USCB is responsible for ensuring U.S. aid funds are given to humanitarian organizations based in Thailand for the express purpose of crossing the border into Burma to reach populations of ethnic minorities that are often blocked from receiving assistance by the military dictatorship. As a result, more than $20 million of cross-border aid has reached hundreds of thousands of those most in need in Burma.
  • Helped secure millions of dollars in U.S. government funds for humanitarian aid for refugees and those suffering inside Burma, as internally displaced persons in the conflict zones, through our advocacy work.
  • We raised over $260,000 for direct relief inside Burma when Cyclone Nargis struck in May 2008.
  • We 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.

Awareness

We are the only U.S. based advocacy organization devoted full-time to human rights, freedom, and democracy in Burma. Around the country and the globe, we are a recognized leader of the Free Burma movement. Our partners include celebrities, musicians, global leaders, policymakers, and our 70,000+ grassroots members across the country.  Our work has been featured in more than 10,000 news articles including the New York Times, CNN, BBC, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post.

  • We helped launch the first-ever global campaign that focuses on crimes against humanity committed by Burma's military dictatorship. We currently have the support of 14 countries, all united in calling for Burma's military dictatorship to be held accountable for their brutal crimes.
  • We partnered with U2 to honor Aung San Suu Kyi during the band's 2009 U.S. tour, gaining 10,000 new members and raising the public profile of Burma.
  • We worked closely with Oscilloscope, a distribution company for the acclaimed film, Burma VJ, which was shown in 16 cities across the United States. Burma VJ was shortlisted for the 2009 Oscars for best feature-documentary film.
  • We were invited to speak at various colleges, universities, and conferences on the topics about Burma's human rights violations and prevailing political situation
  • To date, we have the support of 16 countries worldwide endorsing the establishment of the UN-led Commission of Inquiry. These countries include Australia, The United Kingdom, The United States, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, Hungary, New Zealand, Netherlands, France, Ireland, Lithuania, Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, and Latvia.
  • For the first time, Hollywood is now speaking out about Burma. 35 leading celebrities recorded videos encouraging the people of Burma in their struggle for human rights and calling on Americans to join the U.S. Campaign for Burma.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Exposed to the world the crisis in eastern Burma, where the country's ruling military regime has destroyed over 3,500 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.
  • 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.
  • We partnered with STAND, a student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network, at a conference/rally held in Washington, DC. It was attended by tens of thousands of people and we garnered over 10,000 new supporters to our movement.
  • We coordinated over 240 events to commemorate the first anniversary of the Saffron Revolution in September 2008
  • We led a successful effort to put Burma on the Permanent Agenda of the UN Security Council, when previously the Council would not discuss Burma.
  • 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.
  • We put Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on the map. Our efforts to raise awareness about Aung San Suu Kyi have been covered in thousands of news articles around the world, as well as on NBC, CNN, and countless radio shows.

Listen to famous Burmese comedian/social activist Zarganar speak about his appreciation of the work of US Campaign for Burma: