Congressman Crowley Honored for Work on Burma, Human Rights (click to view PDF)

For Immediate Release
September 13th, 2003
New York Press Contact: (646) 643-8689

(Washington,DC and New York) The United States Campaign for Burma announces a celebratory dinner on September 14th, 2003 to thank Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx) for his support for freedom and democracy in Burma. The dinner is hosted by the New York Coalition for a Democratic Burma (NYCDB).

Says Moe Chan, a resident of Queens and a leader in the NYCDB: “Congressman Joseph Crowley is a congressman who believes in freedom and democracy, and he is using his votes to prove that. He is a true champion for human rights.” 

On July 28th, U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly by a vote of 418-2. The Act, led by Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), received early support from Congressman Crowley, a key figure on the House International Relations Committee.

What: The evening event will include traditional Burmese cuisine, dance performances, a video featuring 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, and a speech by Congressman Crowley. 

Where: Walter Crowley Intermediate School, 50-40, Jacobus Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373

When: Sunday, September 14th, 2003, 6:00-8:00 pm

BACKGROUND ON BURMA

The people of Burma, ruled by one of the world’s most brutal dictatorships, are locked in a struggle for freedom and democracy. For many years, the Burmese have led a concerted effort to bring about an end to dictatorship in Burma. The leader of the struggle, Aung San Suu Kyi, was imprisoned after a bloody May 30 attack by regime paramilitaries on her motorcade. Scores of democracy supporters were murdered, many more arrested and all NLD members remain in danger.

Numerous Burmese dissidents have sought and received political asylum in the United States. It is believed that over 6,000 Burmese live in the New York area alone, many in Congressman Crowley’s district.


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