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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Mary T.
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Mary T. in Canada writes:

I am a US citizen now living in Canada, who has personally known ethnic Burmese who have been targeted for serious abuse, imprisonment, and death only because they are different ethnically from those in power.

I am very pleased that you are visiting Burma, and I ask that you remember those who are not so visible. Please call upon Burma's leaders to finally stop targeting women by allowing rape to be used as a weapon of war as now happens. I hope you will bring up the reports of abuses happening in Kachin State in the last six months.

Thank you for going, Hilary, and I look forward to hearing your report on your return.

Mary T.

Nansi H.
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Nansi H. in Canada writes:

Hello Hilary,

A quick note to urge you to push for democratic reform in Burma and to firmly advocate for change before lifting sanctions on a regime that continues to terrorise its citizens and oponents. While the regime is moving in a positive direction, it has yet to hold to account those responsible for the atrocities commited in the last few decades it is also failing to provide true democracy by allowing the military to effectively veto or neutralise any votes for change.

Please: Do celebrate the positive but remind the regime that they have a long way to go before they can be considered to be upholding the true ideals of participatory, representative and accountable demoncray.

peace for the holiday season.

Nansi H.
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Alessandro
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Alessandro in Canada writes:

Hilary, I would ask that you do your best when in Burma to address the atrocities going on and to use your immense popularity and power to help fix something so very wrong.

Thank you

remember62
November 30, 2011

W.W. writes:

ILUV bruma I luv Mrs Secretary

Judith S.
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United States
November 30, 2011

Judith S. in the U.S.A. writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

I am very pleased to learn of your trip to Burma. I have supported Karen refugees from Burma now living in Hartford, CT for the past four years. I am appalled at the atrocities that continue to be perpetrated against the Karen and other ethnic minorities in Burma for more than 60 years. It amounts to ethnic cleansing and has resulted in hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons and refugees.

I ask that you 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 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.

Many thanks in advance.

Sincerely,
Judith S.

Anne R.
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Pennsylvania, USA
November 30, 2011

Anne R. in Pennsylvania writes:

While you are visiting , please be a defender of women and political prisoners who are the victims of flagrant human rights abuses. Please speak for them and all of the voiceless being oppressed with impunity in Burma.

Julia
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New Jersey, USA
November 30, 2011

Julia in New Jersey writes:

Secretary Clinton,

Please keep up the pressure on Burma to release all political prisoners and end the targeted violence against ethnic groups. We are counting on you.

Priscilla F.
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United States
November 30, 2011

Priscilla F. in the U.S.A. writes:

Thank you for traveling to Burma. Please use your position and influence to push for release of all political prisoners and for protection of human rights among ethnic minorities.

Steve
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Florida, USA
November 30, 2011

Steve in Florida writes:

As an aid worker living along the Thai-Burma border, I see and experience the results of this regime's cruel and ineffective leadership on a daily basis - human trafficking, malnourished children, an uneducated and unskilled workforce, lack of basic infrastructure such as hospitals and schools, ethnic villages being attacked and burned to the ground, civilians forced to work as army porters, horribly-maimed landmine victims, child soldiers, rape being used as a weapon of war in ethnic conflicts, food shortages, censorship of the press, political prisoners serving 100+ year sentences for standing up for democracy. The list goes on and on.

During your visit, please do whatever you can to pressure the regime to end the oppression of ethnic minorities, release all political prisoners, and begin to improve the standard of living by investing in education and healthcare.

Thank you for visiting Myanmar (Burma), Madam Secretary. The country and its people are beautiful, and they yearn for freedom and stability in their lives. May God bless you, and have a safe and productive visit.

Tad
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Indiana, USA
November 30, 2011

Tad in Indiana writes:

Sec. Clinton, 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.

I'd like the U.S. 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 Burma.

Let's not get sucked in by a little progress. These guys are still thugs, and they are doing bad things away from the cameras. We need to keep the pressure on.

Sonja
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Vermont, USA
November 30, 2011

Sonja in Vermont writes:

Dear Hilary: I truly hope that you will look at the whole of Burma and all the atrocities many Burmese have endured over such a long time, not only the cozy of what you will be shown. I also hope you will demand the freeing of all the "political" prisoners before any negotiations and/or deals are made on behaf of corporations to settle into Burma and start exploiting this country and its resources like they have all over the world. I mean, isn't this the real reason you are here because cheap labor is running out?

Heather
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Alabama, USA
November 30, 2011

Heather in Alabama writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Thank you for the work you are doing on this trip. I pray your trip is safe and productive. Please keep the imprisoned, the tortured, and the raped in mind during your discourse with the Burmese government. If a leadership is willing to routinely torture revered monks, imagine what the fear, pain, and hopelessness the people must endure.

"Three things cannot be long hidden, the sun, the moon, and the truth," Buddha

Respectfully yours,

Heather

Myphon H.
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United States
November 30, 2011

Myphon H. in the U.S.A. writes:

Please don't forget human right abuses in ethnic areas. So many people have been displaced this year.

Thanks.

Kristin M.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Kristin M. in California writes:

Please investigate and help human rights abuses in ethnic areas in Burma. More people have been displaced this year than any other in the past decade. A national dialogue of reconciliation must happen to bring peace to Burma.

Please help release of all political prisoners.

Douglas N.
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United Kingdom
November 30, 2011

Dr. Douglas N. in the United Kingdom writes:

Dear Ms Clinton,

The world is watching you and you carry the hopes of people around the world.

Please be frank in demanding release of all political prisoners, and open international surveillance of all detainees.

The American vision of freedom depends on world leaders as represented by yourself, speaking out in difficult circumstances.

Speak truth to Power.

Regards

Douglas

Christophe V.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Christopher V. in California writes:

Please Mrs Clinton, we ask you to do everything in your power to help stopping the Human Rights abuse, torture and ethnic atrocities perpetuated in Burma on a regular basis, as well as helping the release of all political prisoners.

Thank you.

Brenda P.
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Canada
November 30, 2011

Brenda P. in Canada writes:

Your visit to Burma and South Korea is an unprecedented opportunity to express your encouragement for greater improvements to human rights in these countries. I believe it would be an unfortunate error to simply applaud steps taken to date. Instead, I hope you will mine the courage you have demonstrated on so many past occasions, speaking from your heart about what you know is needed for the peoples of these countries. You have considerable credibility in the international community. I hope you make use of this asset to encourage stronger human rights efforts in Burma and South Korea.

Noel F.
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Australia
November 30, 2011

Noel F. in Australia writes:

Dear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,

I was born in Burma in 1947, and experienced living under the Ne Win government for nearly a decade.

I am please to hear about your trip to Burma.

I am concerned that the current government in Burma would rather be silent about 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.

Thank you, and have a good trip.

Kenneth
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Pennsylvania, USA
November 30, 2011

Kenneth in Pennsylvania writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton

Tell the military leaders of Burma they need to release all political prisoners and stop all human rights abuses.

Claude R.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Claude R. in California writes:

Aung Sang Suu Kyi suffered ten years of her life under house arrest because she was against the current regime. Don't double-cross her by being too accommodating to the ruling junta. A good start would be for them to release all political prisoners and end the targeted violence against ethnic groups.

Good luck,
Claude R.

Richard S.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Richard and Arlene S. in California write:

Please push as hard as you feel appropriate to be allowed to VISIT some of the ethnic minority areas in Burma. Thank you very much for working to improve the lives of the Burmese people.

peter h.
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Australia
November 30, 2011

Peter H. in Australia writes:

Dear Secratary Clinton, pleas ensure that the opppressive regime in Burma understands that the USA does not support regimes that flout basic human rights. It should be that all political prisoners are released and that violence towards individuals & ethnic minorities ceases. Please demand real reforms from the military dictatorship, and help the people of Burma find freedom.

Jennifer S.
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Pennsylvania, USA
November 30, 2011

Jennifer S. in Pennsylvania writes:

Sec. Clinton- on behalf of a growing Burmese Refugee Community in Allentown PA, in addition to human rights and the safety and security for the people of Burma; much is needed in terms of access to food and medical clinics, especially for the mountain ethnic groups who are deeply affected by the rainy season and lack of infrastructure, ie: roads and bridges

Richard W.
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Indonesia
November 30, 2011

Richard W. in Indonesia writes:

Dear Madam Secretary,

The world awaits your influence in the quest to end years of ethnic violence and facilitate to bring true Democracy to the people of Burma. Thank you.

Ja S.
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Pennsylvania, USA
November 30, 2011

Ja S. in Pennsylvania writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Please discuss ongoing conflict throughout ethnic minority areas. As a Kachin woman, my family and I have experienced abuse by the junta. The ethnic leaders, who you are allowed to meet, do not represent what ethnic groups. They will only say what the junta wants them to say. I hope you and your team reach out to other ethnic leaders in the future for true peace and reform in Burma.

Please look beyond Yangon, Naypaydaw and words of individuals that you are meeting.

Hope you have a good trip.

People of Burma are friendly and resilient.

Bob F.
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California, USA
November 30, 2011

Bob F. in California writes:

Please stand up for the Burmese people. Please stand with AungSanSuKyi

Sky K.
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Thailand
November 30, 2011

Terryl M. in Thailand writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

I am so happy you are personally visiting Myamar.

I hope you can experience first hand some of the suffering that takes place there due to the atrocities of the government an army there.

As an American living nearby (I was in Myanmar yesterday) I am highly and deeply concerned about the plight of the Burmese people, especially slave labour workers, abused women and girls, and starving children. I have been offended as a U.S citizen - and human - at how the U.S. has done nothing over the decades to stop this brutal regime. I hope now - with you help and President Obama's that the the U.S. policies will become more assertive in forcing the Myanmar goverment to stop it's inhuman abuse of humans. Of course, it is known and assumed that they are even in the drug trade - producing billions of Yah Bah speed tablets which get exported to Thai youth. Please put your foot down and DEMAND change.

Thank you kindly! I hope you enjoy your trip in Asia!

Warm Regards,

Terryl M. (Alaska)

brian
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New York, USA
November 30, 2011

Brian in New York writes:

Ms.Clinton. Please don't be afraid to ask the really tough questions in Burma. I know you can do it!

James H.
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District Of Columbia, USA
November 30, 2011

James H. in Washington writes:

Secretary Clinton: Please stand up for the oppressed and powerless! Their pain and suffering is so real. I so appreciate your efforts on behalf of these fellow human beings. God will light your path with His lamp of peace, strength,and truth. Thank You!

Taryn M.
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New York, USA
November 30, 2011

Taryn M. in New York writes:

Please push for the release of political prisoners, and the cease of ethnic violence.

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