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RI Advocacy Letter to Sonia Gandhi


08/17/2004


Refugees International recently visited India’s Northeastern State of Mizoram and collected information on persecution of ethnic Chin in Burma by the Burmese military as a result of which the Chin have been fleeing to India for more than a decade. The Chin in Mizoram have been trying to survive by keeping a low profile and assimilating with the local communities, but their situation deteriorated sharply in July 2003, when they were targeted by a local youth group, forcibly evicted from their homes, and in many cases, sent back to Burma, with the cooperation of Mizoram government authorities. Almost a year later, the Chin in Mizoram told RI that the youth group continues to harass and abuse them and they live in constant fear of being deported to Burma where they could face torture and even death at the hands of the Burmese military.

RI has written a letter to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the President of India’s Ruling Congress Party, calling upon the Government of India to become involved in providing protection to the Chin in Mizoram. This letter is copied below. For more information on this issue, please see links to the right.

The Honorable Sonia Gandhi
President, Indian National Congress
10 Janpath
New Delhi 110011
India

July 28, 2004

Dear Mrs. Gandhi:

I am writing as the President of Refugees International, a Washington-based humanitarian advocacy organization, to express concern for the well being and safety of thousands of Burmese ethnic Chin, who have sought refuge in Mizoram since the 1988 pro-democracy uprising due to on-going violence and persecution in Burma. Ethnic-based politics in Mizoram have led to increasing vulnerability for the up to 30,000 Chin asylum seekers and special action by the central government is required to protect the Chin there.

I am writing to request the Government of India to allow those Burmese fleeing a well-founded fear of persecution to stay in Mizoram and to direct police to allow entry to those fleeing persecution in Burma. We also encourage the Government of India to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to assist the Burmese so that India does not have to shoulder the sole burden of protecting them or caring for their humanitarian needs.  

The current difficult situation for the Chin in Mizoram originated in a July 2003 incident of rape of a Mizo minor girl, allegedly by a Burmese, which resulted in escalating tensions between the Mizo and Burmese communities. About 10,000 Burmese have been evicted from their homes by a local youth organization, called the Young Mizo Association (YMA), with the knowledge of local and state authorities. Several thousand people have been forced to go back to Burma, a country with a well-documented record of human rights abuses against ethnic minorities, and up to 30,000 Burmese remain in hiding in Mizoram.  Although tensions between the two communities have subsided to a degree since last year, the Burmese are frequently made into scapegoats in Mizoram, especially at the time of elections, as was the case in 2003. Local authorities consider them to be economic migrants, when in reality many of them are seeking refuge in Mizoram due to political persecution or human rights abuses by the Burmese military.

As an organization that monitors the humanitarian and protection needs of refugees, Refugees International (RI) can confirm that the Chin in Burma are maltreated for being an ethnic minority and endure beatings, torture, rapes and executions. According to RI interviews with Chin deported from Mizoram, those sent back to Burma face the danger of being thrown into labor camps and prisons, where they risk torture, illness, and death.

We urge the Government of India to take steps to stop the harassment of Chin in Mizoram and cease pressure on them by local groups to go back to Burma. We are aware that some Burmese are involved in illegal activities, including drug trafficking, and agree that the Indian government has every right to address this problem under Indian law. These individuals, however, should not be confused with law-abiding people who have come to India in search of a safe haven.  

An RI team recently visited Mizoram where the Chin refugees remember former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with much gratitude for his staunch support of Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese pro-democracy movement. The Chin recall how under Mr. Rajiv Gandhi’s Government, Indian policy was to strengthen the aspirations of the people of Burma for democracy, and no genuine refugees were prevented from seeking shelter in the country.

Now that there is once again a Congress-led national Government, Burmese refugees are daring to hope that they might receive some protection and assistance from the Government of India, along the lines of programs for refugees from Tibet and Sri Lanka. We trust that you will meet the aspirations of these refugees and continue the legacy of Mr. Rajiv Gandhi by supporting those fleeing persecution in Burma.

We thank you for your attention to these matters and look forward to learning more about how a Congress-led Government will take steps to protect the Burmese refugees in Mizoram.

Respectfully,


Kenneth H. Bacon
President

Enc: Refugees International bulletin on situation of Chin refugees in Mizoram

Cc: The Honorable Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India
      The Honorable Natwar Singh, Minister of External Affairs of India

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May 23, 2002

The Honorable Ernest F. Hollings
Chairman
Subcommittee on Commerce,
Justice, State, and the Judiciary
125 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Judd Gregg
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Commerce,
Justice, State, and the Judiciary
393 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Tom Harkin
Chairman
Subcommittee on Labor,
Health and Human Services,
Education
731 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Arlen Specter
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Labor,
Health and Human Services,
Education
711 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510


Dear Senators:

The undersigned civil rights, education, health, indigenous, religious, women’s, public interest media and high-tech leaders have come together to request your assistance on an issue of great importance to our nation: continuing the federal government’s leadership in extending the benefits of information technology to underserved communities.

Specifically, we urge you to oppose the elimination of two critically important community technology programs: The Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) administered by the Department of Commerce; and the Community Technology Center (CTC) initiative administered by the Department of Education.

Over the past several years, the federal government, with bipartisan support, and in partnership with the private sector has played an important leadership role in advancing public policies ensuring that all Americans, particularly those in underserved communities, are able to participate fully in the digital age. This leadership has been based on the recognition that technology literacy is fast becoming a basic life skill as technology is increasingly being interwoven into the fabric and vitality of our educational, economic, social and civic lives.

Unfortunately, the budget for FY 2003 proposes to eliminate two modest but critically important community technology programs that provide vital seed money for digital opportunity in rural and urban communities:

* The TOP program, administered by the Department of Commerce, provides matching grants to bring the benefits of innovative digital network technologies to underserved communities across the United States.

* The CTC initiative, a competitive grant program administered by the Department of Education, is a vital community-based resource providing a broad range of services in locations that are convenient to underserved and disenfranchised individuals.

By proposing to eliminate these two programs, our nation risks creating a class of people that are alienated and isolated from the new economy and all the promise of the information age as we enter the 21st Century.

We urge you to oppose the elimination of TOP and CTC, two programs that are helping to provide equitable access to -- and utilization of -- advanced communications technologies for underserved communities.

Sincerely,

Alaska Federation of Natives
Alliance for Communications Democracy
Alliance for Community Media
Alliance for Latino Community Technology
Alliance for Public Technology
Alliance for Retired Americans
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
American Association for Affirmative Action
American Association of Community Colleges
American Association of People with Disabilities
American Association of University Women
American Civil Liberties Union
American Council of the Blind
American Federation of Government Employees
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
American Federation of Teachers
American Foundation for the Blind
American Library Association
American Telemedicine Association
Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans
Association of Community College Trustees
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
Association for Career and Technical Education
Athena Alliance
California Reinvestment Committee
Center for Community Change
Center for Digital Democracy
The Center for Women Policy Studies
The Children’s Defense Fund
Children’s Partnership
Citizens for Consumer Justice
College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts
Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism
Communication Workers of America
Community Media Center
Community Technology Development, Inc.
Community Technology Foundation of California
Community Technology Policy Council
Community Transportation Association of America
Compumentor
Consortium for School Networking
Consumers Union
CTCNet
Digital Sisters, Inc.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.
East of the River Technology Collaborative
The Enterprise Foundation
Generations on Line
Greenlining Institute
Hermandad Mexicana Nacional
International Society for Technology in Education
Instructional Technology Council
The Jewish Labor Committee
Jewish Vocational Service of San Francisco
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Latino Issues Forum
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Making the Net Work
Manna Community Technology Center
Media Access Project
Medcenter One Health Systems
Mercy Housing, Inc.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees
National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
National Association for Migrant Education
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
National Capital Area Neighborhood Networks Consortium
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
National Community Building Network
National Congress of American Indians
National Council of Churches
National Council of La Raza
National Council on the Aging
National Education Association
National Education Knowledge Industry Association
National Employment Lawyers Association
National Federation of Filipino American Associations
National Health Law Program, Inc.
National Hispanic Media Coalition
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association
National Urban League
Nexus Technology
North Texas Rural Network
OMB Watch
One Economy Corporation
OpNet Community Ventures, Inc.
Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc.
Organizations Concerned About Rural Education
Organizers’ Collaborative
People for the American Way
PolicyLink
Presbyterian Church (USA), Washington Office
Prevention Institute
Project Venus
Richmond Improvement Association
Rural Coalition
Seedco
The 2 M Center for Technology and Culture
Technology Leadership for Nonprofit Excellence
Technology Playground
Technology Works for Good
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
University Continuing Education Association
Urban Strategies Council
Washington Ethical Action Office, American Ethical Union
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section
YWCA of the U.S.A.

cc: U.S. Senate

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