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Joint Letter to HE Ambassador Michel Kafando and HE Ban Ki Moon, United Nations (click to view PDF)

Your Excellencies,
On behalf of 442 Members of Parliament from 29 countries around the world, we are writing to urge the United Nations Security Council to launch an investigation into crimes against humanity committed by the military regime in Burma (Myanmar) and to impose a global arms embargo on that regime. Such action is long overdue. Burma’s military regime has carried out brutal attacks on its own people for decades. According to the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), a humanitarian agency providing aid to Burmese refugees and displaced persons for 25 years, through these attacks, the regime has destroyed over 3,500 ethnic minority villages in eastern
Burma since 1996. Here, at least 75,000 people were forced to leave their homes during this past year alone, and more than half a million people remain internally displaced. TBBC has described the situation in Burma as being comparable to the situation in Darfur. Furthermore, these crimes against humanity in Burma are well documented by various UN bodies, although none of them have taken effective action.

There is an urgent need for the Security Council to address this horrific condition in Burma. Please find attached a letter to the United Nations Security Council that has been endorsed by 442 Members of Parliament from 29 countries. We respectfully request you to distribute the letter to the members of the Security Council and call for an emergency meeting to discuss the issue. We thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Azuma Konno, Member of the House of Councillors, the National Diet of Japan
Tadashi Inuzuka, Member of the House of Councillors, the National Diet of Japan 2
Office of Senator Azuma Konno
Member of the House of Councillors
The National Diet of Japan
Room 318, Sangiin Giinkaikan 2-1-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8962 Japan Office of Senator Tadashi Inuzuka Member of the House of Councillors The National Diet of Japan Room 708, Sangiin Giinkaikan 2-1-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8962 Japan
Enclosures: Letter to the United Nations Security Council

Copies to:
1. H.E. Dr. Susan Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United
Nations, Fax: 1(212) 415 4415
2. H.E. Sir John Sawers, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United
Nations, Fax: 1(212) 745 9316
3. H.E. Mr. Jean-Maurice Ripert, Permanent Representative of France to the United
Nations, Fax: 1 (212) 207 8765
4. H.E. Mr. Yukio Takasu, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations,
Fax: 1(212) 308 1451
5. Mr. Vijay Nambiar, Chef de Cabinet, Executive Office of the Secretary-General,
United Nations, Fax: 1 (212) 963 1185
6. Mr. B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General, Department of Political Affairs,
United Nations, Fax: 1(212) 963 5065
7. Mr. Kim Won-soo, Deputy Chef de Cabinet, Executive Office of the SecretaryGeneral, United Nations, Fax: 1(212) 963 1185
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