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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following Monday’s announcement of suspension of the engagement process under a 2013 U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with Myanmar, Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, issued the following statement:
“Public Citizen supports U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s decision to suspend normal engagement under the 2013 agreement with Myanmar and calls on the U.S. to withdraw all trade preferences to maximize economic pressure on the murderous military coup leaders until democracy is restored.
“People in Myanmar risking their lives to engage in the democracy movement protesting the military’s reign of terror seek support from other countries. Ending trade benefits for Myanmar would be an example of how the U.S. can leverage access to its lucrative market for good – for the promotion of basic human rights. We look forward to the new administration’s continued prioritization of human rights to ensure that all trade partners meet minimum standards for democratic rule and the protection of human rights, including core international labor rights and fundamental environmental protections.”