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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Khin N.
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New Mexico, USA
November 30, 2011

Kin N. in New Mexico writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Thank you so much for interest in Burma. During your trip to Burma I would like you to push the Burmese government to release all political prisoners if they are genuine to change to Democratic government.
And I would like to warn you that please be careful in communicating this government because we have been tricked and cheated by them many many times and I hope they will stand up for the international recognition by showing the truth of themselves.

Best regards and safe pleasant trip,
Sincerely,
Khin

Janet W.
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United States
November 30, 2011

Janet W. in the U.S.A. writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Please address the atrocities that are still occurring in Burma in your talks with the Burmese Regime. Push for the release of political prisoners, the end of torture, rape, genocide and honest movement toward Democracy.

Martha M.
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Oklahoma, USA
November 30, 2011

Martha M. in Oklahoma writes:

Thank you for reaching out to Myanmar. You have the ability to affect change for the better during your diplomatic mission.

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.

I urge you to 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 using your influence to combat human rights abuses in Myanmar. I appreciate all that you are doing in the State Department.

Katie-Jay S.
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United States
November 30, 2011

Katie-Jay S. in the U.S.A. writes:

Secretary Clinton:
Do not forget the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas in 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.

Thank you, Katie-Jay

Bob N.
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Australia
November 30, 2011

Bob N. in Australia writes:

Dear Hilary,
Please press the Burmese leaders to release all political prisoners before any consideration can be given to lifting of sanctions. You are a highly respected person and your own high principles of democracy will give a strong boost to political reform in Burma.

Nancy B.
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Texas, USA
November 30, 2011

Nancy B in Texas writes:

I am asking Secretary of State Clinton to hold firm to the U.S.'s demand that the Burmese government to release all politcal prisoners. I'm also interested in Ms. Clinton hearing the voice of all the ethnic people who have had atrocities committed against them by the Burmese Army. I pray she will be successful in promoting peace in Burma.

Jessica R.
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Italy
November 30, 2011

Jessica R. in Italy writes:

Dear Secretary,
please make any effort to stop this brutal regime!
Sincerely,
Jessica

Donna B.
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Texas, USA
November 30, 2011

Donna B. in Texas writes:

Dear Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

Please remember the atrocities being committed against the women, children and men in Burma. Make your first state visit of the most value by addressing the loss of personal freedoms in Burma, loss of democracy; and imprisonment of many political prisoners, laws which persecute those pushing for freedom in Burma and the use of military forces to oppress personal thoughts of freedom.

Please represent a shift in the thinking of the US's approach by offering tangible help and hope of the people of the United States.

Respectfully,
Donna

Susan H.
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New Jersey, USA
November 30, 2011

Susan H. in New Jersey writes:

I want the people of Burma to have the same rights and liberty that we as Americans have.
Stop the human rights violations, stop rape as a weapon of war, no child soldiers, electricity for everyone in the country, paved roads through out the country, schools for everyone. FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Stop them from selling their natural resources to foreign countries. Instead they should be used for the people of Burma. Stop the military rulers from taking the money for these natural resources and lining their own pockets. Decent housing for all. Stop the destruction of villages and attacks against the ethnic groups. Stop the attacks on the refugee camps.

Patrick B.
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Australia
November 30, 2011

Patrick B. in Australia writes:

Please help to end the tyranny of the Military over the Burmese people.

Maria B.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Maria B. in California writes:

Please don't let them pretend they have a real government now -- it's a farce. They must be accountable for the ongoing oppression.

Eric
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Ecuador
November 30, 2011

Eric H. in Ecuador writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton.-

I kindly request on behalf of the people of Burma that are suffering under the rule of the military junta that you press the generals to:

* Recognize the rights and autonomy of the Karen people and other minority groups and stop persecuting them for their beliefs.

* Press for the release of the political prisoners still being held under often cruel and inhumane conditions in Burmese prisons.

* Stop persecuting the Buddhist sangha members, the monks that are peacefully marching and carrying out other actions to bring true democracy to Burma.

Thank you,

Eric

Rodney J.
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Brazil
November 30, 2011

Rodney J. in Brazil writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

During your meetings with Burma’s military regime officials, please raise the issue of the growing conflicts and human rights abuses in ethnic areas of the country. Also, please push strongly for the release of all political prisoners.

Grace M.
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Washington, USA
November 30, 2011

Grace M. in Washington writes:

Secretary Clinton, please pressure the Burmese regime not only to release ALL political prisoners but also to end the brutal violence of the ethnic minority groups, including the Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Shan, and others who have suffered too long. Please look beyond Rangoon and Nay Pyi Taw.

Jennifer Q.
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United States
November 30, 2011

Jennifer Q. in the U.S.A. writes:

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.

Tball
November 30, 2011

Tball writes:

I urge you to 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.
wishing you well
T

Dave M.
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United States
November 30, 2011

Dave M. in the U.S.A. writes:

Please help the people of Burma to gain their freedom and dignity.

Cho O.
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Maryland, USA
November 30, 2011

Cho O. in Maryland writes:

Dear Secretary of the States,

Thank you for visiting to Burma. Please do stand with the people of Burma, and do not forget what we want. That's 100% change.

Sincerely,
Cho

Eleanor F.
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New York, USA
November 30, 2011

Eleanor F. in New York writes:

Please pay attention to 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.

Sam
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New York, USA
November 30, 2011

Sam in New York writes:

Thank you for representing America and showing Burma that we care! (Why do you call it Burma when they refer to themselves as Myanmar?) In any case, please, please, please also look beyond the main cities and inquire and express concern over the border regions and treatment of women and political prisoners all over the country. I visited once, and was amazed by the beauty and wonderful promise for the future, but torn and worried for the present condition of women, justice, and minority groups.

Meghan
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Vermont, USA
November 30, 2011

Meghan in Vermont writes:

Secretary Clinton-
As a someone who cares passionately about human rights, I encourage you to not hesitate to press the military government on reforms and respect for human rights. While isolating governments is not always a good approach, and countries should be praised and encourage for even small steps, the U.S. should not hesitate to stand up for human rights and continue pressing for further reforms in Burma. Your tenure as Secretary of State has been very encouraging in terms of human rights, and I hope that you continue to speak out whenever necessary.

mark F.
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Virginia, USA
November 30, 2011

Mark F. in Virginia writes:

i have watched burma for years and know how deceptive its military leaders. i have visited the country and have burmese friends. please push for junta as hard as possible on human rights and women's rights. the ethnic minorities are still in danger, and many political prisoners remain behind bars. please do everything you can to change this

Laura B.
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Texas, USA
November 30, 2011

Laura B. in Texas writes:

I am concerned about human rights abuses in Burma. Please ask Burma's leaders to release political prisoners and to stop using rape as a weapon of war. Ask them to stop persecutions of ethnic minorities in Burma.

Heidi C.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Heidi C. in California writes:

Dear Mrs. 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.

Also, 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.

Sindy
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Sindy in California writes:

Please pay attention to 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.

Robyn
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Robyn in California writes:

Thank you Secretary Clinton for visiting Burma!

Please remember and respond to those who are being displaced, wrongly imprisoned, and abused. Please be a voice for families who have lost their homes because they are of a different ethnic group.

Mark
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Mark in California writes:

Thank you for visiting Burma, while there, on behalf of the United States, please demand the release of all political prisoners and an end to human rights abuses in Burma.

Ceely A.
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Connecticut, USA
November 30, 2011

Ceely A. in Connecticut writes:

Please push for the release of ALL political prisoners.

Also, please push for the fighting against the ethnic groups and raping of the women to stop - especially the Karen and Kachin.

Am anxiously awaiting the report of the visit.

Thank you for making this visit to Myanmar.

Scott S.
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New York, USA
November 30, 2011

Scott S. in New York writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Please during this historic trip demand that the Burmese authorities release all political prisoners and end all human rights abuses, including along the tribal border regions.

Cheryl M.
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West Virginia, USA
November 30, 2011

Cheryl M. in West Virginia writes:

Thank you, Secretary Clinton, for taking this historic trip to Burma to shed more light on what is going on there. I can only hope that your work can help Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her movement as they continue their struggle to be free from repression.

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