Human Rights in Burma

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Burma’s State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) came into power to restore order and enable multiparty elections, but has since been accused of violating human rights and preventing democratic rule.

In an effort to end the SLORC’s control over Burmese politics, economy, media and culture, grass-roots organizations around the world have joined forces to convince companies that economic support of the Burmese military is not acceptable. Pepsi and Mitsubishi are tops on the “companies to be boycotted” list. To learn more, you can check out the Free Burma Coalition and Carwil James’ document, The Present and Future of Military Rule in Burma

To participate in the boycott, you can avoid products made by Pepsi, Texaco and Mitsubishi. You can also send e-mail to Willie Brown (San Francisco’s mayor), urging him to turn down a multi-million dollar contract with Mitsubishi. For more information about SF’s pending Mitsubishi deal, check the Rainforest Action Network.

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