Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to South Korea and Burma

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to the Republic of Korea and Burma from November 30 to December 2, 2011.

Secretary Clinton will travel to Busan, Republic of Korea November 30 to attend the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. Secretary Clinton's participation reflects the United States' strong political commitment to development as key pillar of global security, prosperity, and democratic progress. The Busan Meeting represents a landmark opportunity for world leaders to take stock of recent changes in the development landscape and chart a new course for global cooperation. Her visit also underscores the breadth and depth of the U.S.-ROK partnership.

Secretary Clinton will then travel to Nay Pyi Taw and Rangoon, Burma, from November 30 - December 2. This historic trip will mark the first visit to Burma by a U.S. Secretary of State in over a half a century. Secretary Clinton will underscore the U.S. commitment to a policy of principled engagement and direct dialogue as part of our dual-track approach. She will register support for reforms that we have witnessed in recent months and discuss further reforms in key areas, as well as steps the U.S. can take to reinforce progress. She will consult with a broad and diverse group of civil society and ethnic minority leaders to gain their perspectives on developments in the country. Counselor Cheryl Mills, Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary Michael Posner, Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma Derek Mitchell, and Policy Planning Director Jake Sullivan will accompany her.

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Dan D.
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Texas, USA
November 30, 2011

Dan D. in Texas writes:

Please Secretary Clinton don't forget about the ethnic cleansing and political persecution still going on in Burma

Tessa
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District Of Columbia, USA
November 30, 2011

Tessa in Washington, D.C. writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

In your meetings tomorrow, please demand the release of all political prisoners and tell Burma to end the human rights abuses occurring in ethnic areas. More have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade. The time is now to bring Burma to peace.

Thank you!

Sharon M.
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New York, USA
November 30, 2011

Sharon M. in New York writes:

Please do not forget the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas of Burma. More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade. A genuine national dialogue of reconciliation must happen to bring peace to Burma.
Please push for the release of all political prisoners and for a lifting of the extreme laws that keep people locked up and perpetuate the climate of fear in the country.

Sophia V.
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Texas, USA
November 30, 2011

Sophia V. in Texas writes:

Thank you for focusing on human rights in Burma.
While those in power in Burma have made small gestures of reconciliation, it is far from enough. I urge Secretary Clinton not to forget the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas, as more people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade.
Please push for the release of all political prisoners and an end to extreme laws that keep people locked up and perpetuate the climate of fear in the country.

Thank you,

Alice R.
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Washington, USA
November 30, 2011

Alice R. in Washington writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,
Please talk to representatives from the ethnic groups, who are still suffering severe human rights abuses. I work in an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Shan state, as a nurse, and the camp is still growing from refugees who have suffered atrocities from the Burmese government soldiers. Rapes and murders are still happening. Please listen to those people.

Rebecca W.
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Rebecca W. in Canada writes:

While I am glad to hear of a new avenue for communication, I am nervous of the hype around Burma's "progress" which is in sharp contrast to the reality in the lives of many people of Burma.

Please keep front and centre in your mind the need:

• To immediately cease all military offensives
• To initiate meaningful political dialogue with all ethnic political and armed groups
• To give unrestricted access to all areas of Burma for humanitarian assistance - especially for those civilians most effected by recent conflict in Karen, Shan and Kachin states.
• To unconditionally release all political prisoners so that they will be able to participate in the political process.

Carol E.
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Florida, USA
November 30, 2011

Carol E. in Florida writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton ~

Please express strong support for Nobel Laureate, Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Also, ask the regime to release all political prisoners and end the targeted violence against ethnic groups as well as the army's using rape as a weapon of war.

Jon M.
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Virginia, USA
November 30, 2011

Jon M. in Virginia writes:

Please continue to pressure Burma's leaders to accept fair elections and stop genocide of minoritys

J.N. P.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

J.N.P. in California writes:

I ask that you push for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Burma.

Marie-Josee Y.
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Marie-Josee Y. in Canada writes:

We are asking you, Please demand real reform in Burma, to achieve democracy, peace and a positive future. In particular, please push for the immediate release of all political prisoners. Please do all you can to fully support the amazing efforts of Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

Rick H.
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Washington, USA
November 30, 2011

Rick H. in Washington writes:

Burmese leaders are responding to pressure from world leaders like Sec. Clinton and to pressure from heroes inside the country. Please listen to what they are saying and let those leaders know YOU KNOW about the political prisoners and more: Ethnic people have issued letters to Secretary Clinton asking her to not forget the atrocities occurring in their areas. The Women's League of Burma has also told Clinton she needs to push for Burma's leaders to finally stop allowing rape to be used as a weapon of war. The Burma Army's brutal actions have not stopped in the lead up to this trip. Two major reports have come out this week that document abuses happening in Kachin State since June of this year. Read Partners Relief and Developments’ Report and Physicians for Human Rights' Report.

Belinda L.
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Massachusetts, USA
November 30, 2011

Belinda L. in Massachusetts writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,
There are so many that are looking to you to help see Burma through a genuine change. I hope you will be able to see the true nature of the country's needs and the ongoing human rights atrocities that still persists today. We admire your intelligence and strength, thank you for your efforts.

Catherine D.
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Catherine D. in Canada writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,
While on your visit to Burma please push the need to free political prisoners, end rape as a war tactic and encourage the regime to end violence against ethnic minorities. Please tell the Burmese Gov't the world IS watching. Shame on them.

Don I.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Don I. in California writes:

Secretary Clinton do not forget the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas. More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade. A genuine national dialogue of reconciliation must happen to bring peace to Burma.

Secretary Clinton push for the release of all political prisoners and for a lifting of the extreme laws that keep people locked up and perpetuate the climate of fear in the country.

Robert F.
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New York, USA
November 30, 2011

Robert F. in New York writes:

The US should not recognise the existing Junta or sell it any military equipment.

Ishmael W.
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New York, USA
November 30, 2011

Ishmael W. in New York writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,
I'm glad that you will be meeting with members of ethnic minority communities as part of your visit to Myanmar. Please keep in your awareness the many people who continue to be displaced from their homes by military force, and remind the military leaders that a national conversation must include the ethnic minority peoples. I appreciate your efforts to speak with truth as well as diplomacy. Thank you.

Bernadette M.
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Australia
November 30, 2011

Bernadette M. in Australia writes:

Aung Sang Suu Kyi has said that the steps taken so far, to lessen repression in Burma, have been small.
The visit by Secretary Clinton is a powerful diplomatic tool. For the sake of the people of Burma, I hope it will be used for persuasion and influence, not for praise and reward.

Virginia C.
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Colorado, USA
November 30, 2011

Virginia C. in Colorado writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Your trip to Burma is certainly historic and has the potential to aid in bringing positive change to her people. However, I know that you realize that your "allowed" visits to the Rangoon and Nay Pyi Taw in no way give you a realistic look at the conditions many of the ethnic minorities endure---scorched villages, forced labor, torture, death and systematic rape. Nor will you be able to tour the prisons where so many political prisoners are detained simply because they spoke of democracy for Burma. The junta has carefully orchestrated this visit to give the US the impression that "things are better", that the junta is really moving forward towards a more democratic system.

I hope you will strongly state that unless political prisoners are released and an end is put to the armed conflict directed at the ethnic minorities, there can be no meaningful dialogue regarding true reform for the people of Burma.

Best of luck. The literal lives of so many people in Burma are at stake!

Elena
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Missouri, USA
November 30, 2011

Elena in Missouri writes:

Please look outside the Yangon and talk to the average citizens in Burma without the Burmese govt scrutinizing the conversation. They won't say anything for fear of imprisonment, but please stand up for the Burmese people and Aung San Suu Kyi. They've been waiting for someone to tell their story for far too long. Military coups are not a government to let continue ruling and oppressing their people. PLEASE HELP the BURMESE PEOPLE. Thank you for visiting, now hear their stories.

gina f.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Gina F. in California writes:

Dear Mrs. Clinton
On behalf of the U.S. please do everything you can to push real reform and put an end to the many years of human rights violations. The people of Burma have suffered too long! Please take a hard stance with their govt by insisting upon immediate release of all political prisoners.

Claire G.
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Ireland
November 30, 2011

Clarie G. in Ireland writes:

Please do not listen to the excuses and lies the regime makes about democratic reforms in order to gain lifted sanctions. Demand justice for the Burmese people, on behalf of the Burmese peole.

Timothy I.
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Georgia
November 30, 2011

Timothy I. in Georgia (U.S.A.) writes:

Please don't forget the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas. More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade. A genuine national dialogue of reconciliation must happen to bring peace to Burma. Please also push for the release of all political prisoners and for a lifting of the extreme laws that keep people locked up and perpetuate the climate of fear in the country.

Nora G.
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Massachusetts, USA
November 30, 2011

Nora G. in Massachusetts writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Please be clear with Thein Sein and the government of Burma that reforms must be real and widespread - not simply for show (as has been the case in the past) - if there is to be an improvement in US-Burma relations. Not only must ALL political prisoners be released, but the undemocratic laws that put them there in the first place must also be repealed to ensure that there can be no future imprisonment of the opposition. It is imperative that government fighting and attacks on civilians in ethnic areas end immediately! More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade, and rape continues to be used as a weapon of war.

Please be clear that the US will not simply applaud the government for the small steps towards reform it has apparently taken, but that we expect to see deep and genuine changes and that we will not stop watching until this happens.

Thank you.

PAul M.
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New Jersey, USA
November 30, 2011

Paul M. in New Jersey writes:

Regarding Burma, Please do not forget the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas. More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade. A genuine national dialogue of reconciliation must happen to bring peace to Burma.

Please push for the release of all political prisoners and for a lifting of the extreme laws that keep people locked up and perpetuate the climate of fear in the country.

Tim O.
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Maryland, USA
November 30, 2011

Tim O. in Maryland writes:

You need to bring back REAL results from Burma. Anything else is a step backward.

Brian R.
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Oregon, USA
November 30, 2011

Brian R. in Oregon writes:

I appreciate your efforts to support democracy and human rights in Burma.

I urge you to not forget the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas. More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade. A genuine national dialogue of reconciliation must happen to bring peace to Burma.

I also request that you push for the release of all political prisoners and for a lifting of the extreme laws that keep people locked up and perpetuate the climate of fear in the country.

Sincerely,
Brian R

sue t.
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Australia
November 30, 2011

Sue T. in Australia writes:

As a concerned citizen I call on you to deliver a message to the Burmese regime that US policy towards Burma will only change when all remaining political prisoners are released, there is a genuine ceasefire, human rights violations end, those responsible are held to account and there are serious efforts towards national reconciliation. This could be a moment of hope for the desperate Burmese people, and your message holds the key to real reform.

Lallian T.
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Lallian T. in Canada writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Please
- Do not forget the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas. More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade. A genuine national dialogue of reconciliation must happen to bring peace to Burma.
-Push for the release of all political prisoners and for a lifting of the extreme laws that keep people locked up and perpetuate the climate of fear in the country.

Thank you for your efforts to bring peace and freedom to Burma.

Roy f.
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Connecticut, USA
November 30, 2011

Dr. Roy F. in Connecticut writes:

Dear Sen Clinton, please look beyond the capitol for release of the political prisiners.

Margherita C.
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Italy
November 30, 2011

Margherita C. in Italy writes:

I appreciate your efforts to support democracy and human rights in Burma.

I urge you to not forget the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas. More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade. A genuine national dialogue of reconciliation must happen to bring peace to Burma.

I also request that you push for the release of all political prisoners and for a lifting of the extreme laws that keep people locked up and perpetuate the climate of fear in the country.

Sincerely,
Margherita

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