[Federal Register Volume 61, Number 195 (Monday, October 7, 1996)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 52233-52234]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 96-25917]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 61, No. 195 / Monday, October 7, 1996 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 6925 of October 3, 1996

                
Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and 
                Nonimmigrants
                 of Persons Who Formulate or Implement Policies That 
                Are
                Impeding the Transition to Democracy in Burma or Who
                Benefit From Such Policies

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                The current regime in Burma continues to detain 
                significant numbers of duly elected members of 
                parliament, National League for Democracy activists, 
                and other persons attempting to promote democratic 
                change in Burma. The regime has failed to enter into 
                serious dialogue with the democratic opposition and 
                representatives of the country's ethnic minorities, has 
                failed to move toward achieving national 
                reconciliation, and has failed to meet internationally 
                recognized standards of human rights.

                In light of this continuing political repression, I 
                have determined that it is in the interests of the 
                United States to restrict the entrance into the United 
                States as immigrants and nonimmigrants of certain 
                Burmese nationals who formulate or implement policies 
                that impede Burma's transition to democracy or who 
                benefit from such policies, and the immediate families 
                of such persons.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, by the power 
                vested in me as President by the Constitution and the 
                laws of the United States of America, including 
                sections 212(f) and 215 of the Immigration and 
                Nationality Act of 1952, as amended (8 U.S.C. 1182(f), 
                1185), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, 
                hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and 
                nonimmigrant entry into the United States of persons 
                described in section 1 of this proclamation would, 
                except as provided for in section 2 or 3 of this 
                proclamation, be detrimental to the interests of the 
                United States. I therefore, do proclaim that:

                Section 1. The entry into the United States as 
                immigrants and nonimmigrants of persons who formulate, 
                implement, or benefit from policies that impede Burma's 
                transition to democracy, and the immediate family 
                members of such persons, is hereby suspended.

                Sec. 2. Section 1 shall not apply with respect to any 
                person otherwise covered by section 1 where the 
                Secretary of State determines that the entry of such 
                person would not be contrary to the interests of the 
                United States. Section 1 shall not apply to officials 
                assigned to Burmese missions in the United States or 
                working-level support staff and visitors who support 
                the work of Burmese missions in the United States.

                Sec. 3. Persons covered by sections 1 and 2 shall be 
                identified pursuant to procedures established by the 
                Secretary of State, as authorized in section 6 below.

                Sec. 4. Nothing in this proclamation shall be construed 
                to derogate from United States Government obligations 
                under applicable international agreements.

                Sec. 5. This proclamation is effective immediately and 
                shall remain in effect until such time as the Secretary 
                of State determines that it is no longer necessary and 
                should be terminated.

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                Sec. 6. The Secretary of State shall have 
                responsibility to implement this proclamation pursuant 
                to procedures the Secretary may establish. The 
                Secretary of State may subdelegate the authorities set 
                forth herein as he deems necessary and appropriate to 
                implement this proclamation.

                Sec. 7. This proclamation may be repealed, in whole or 
                in part, at such time as the Secretary of State 
                determines that the Burmese regime has released 
                National League for Democracy members currently being 
                held for political offenses and other pro-democracy 
                activists, enters into genuine dialogue with the 
                democratic opposition, or makes significant progress 
                toward improving the human rights situation in the 
                country.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                third day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen 
                hundred and ninety-six, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
                first.

                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 96-25917
Filed 10-04-96; 8:45 am]
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