US Congress Foreign Relations Sub-committee on Asia and the Pacific Passes Resolution 418; ARU-DG Expresses Deep Gratitude to the Congressmen
|US Congress Foreign Relations Sub-committee on Asia and the Pacific Mark up Hearing on Resolution 418.|
|Dr. Wakar Uddin with Chairman Steve Chabot, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and Congressman Ami Bera after passing the Resolution 418 at the US Congress.|
December 12, 2013
Washington, DC - The US House of Representative Foreign Relations Sub-committee on Asia and the Pacific unanimously passed the Resolution 418 during the Mark up Hearing. The HR 418 has currently 10 co-sponsors (Congressmen) at the US House of Representatives. The next step is sponsorship from 25 members to hold a Mark up, in order to proceed to the House floor for a House vote.
In Summary in HR 418, the House of Representatives:
(1) calls on the Government of Burma to end all forms of persecution and discrimination of the Rohingya people and ensure respect for internationally recognized human rights for all ethnic and religious minority groups within Burma; and
(2) calls on the United States Government and the international community to put consistent pressure on the Government of Burma to take all necessary measures to end the persecution and discrimination of the Rohingya population and to protect the fundamental rights of all ethnic and religious minority groups in Burma.
Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) and the Chairman & Founder of the Burmese Rohingya Association of North America (BRANA), expressed deep gratitude to Chairman Steve Chabot and members on behalf of Rohingya people worldwide for their tremendous support for the rights of Rohingya people and sympathy for Rohingya victims. Dr. Uddin and the Sub-committee members further discussed on Rohingya issues and garnering support from American people and the international community. “I am optimistic that we will succeed in getting more co-sponsors and secure support from all the 25 members, and from there we will take it to the House floor for full vote” Dr. Uddin said.