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Idaho Residents: Help Pass the BURMA Act
**Not an Idaho resident? No worries—you can take action to support the BURMA Act from any part of the country by contacting your members of Congress here.**
Attention: calling all Idahoans! Our partners are calling on us to persuade the U.S. government to flank the Burmese people’s struggle for democracy. And we’ve just received word that your U.S. senator, Jim Risch, could play a key role in bringing the Burmese military junta to account.
For years, Burmese human rights activists have urged our government to pass the Burma Unified Through Rigorous Military Accountability (BURMA) Act—a crucial piece of legislation that would support the people of Burma in achieving democracy and justice.
Multiple times, this much-needed bipartisan legislation has passed in the House of Representatives, only to languish in the Senate. This year could be the one that makes the difference. More politicians’ eyes are opened than ever before to the depths of the Burmese military’s depravity, after the junta murdered four democracy activists on bogus charges: the first state-sponsored executions in Burma in nearly 50 years.
Idaho’s junior senator, Jim Risch, has the power to release this House-approved bill for committee markup. As ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he could be the deciding factor in bringing the BURMA Act to a vote. He just needs to hear from enough constituents that the human rights of the Burmese people matter to them.
Our Burmese partners have waited too long for the justice and democracy they deserve. Idaho residents can play a key role in ensuring the U.S. government does its part to support their struggle for human rights. If you live in Idaho, help us call on Senator Risch by phone and email below.