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11/30/2017

Genocide in Burma: The Burma Act of 2017

Tell Congress: Pass the Burma Act of 2017

The petition to Congress reads:
"Do everything in your power to stop the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people. Pass the Burma Act of 2017. "

Dear Karen,
Pass the Burma Act of 2017
Since late August, the Burmese military has been executing a horrific, systematic ethnic cleansing campaign, using brutality, rape and murder, against the Rohingya people – a Muslim minority in the Buddhist-majority country. Over 604,000 refugees have poured into neighboring Bangladesh to flee the violence.1
The United States has a long history of engagement in Burma – it was only last year that the U.S. fully lifted the sweeping, decades-old economic sanctions against the military regime.2 The sanctions were an imperfect but by-and-large successful effort by the U.S. and the international community to pressure Burma to make democratic reforms. From 2011 to 2016, the United States engaged in the process of reducing and ultimately removing sanctions both as part of a geopolitical strategy against China and to capitalize on the new markets made possible by improved trade relations with Burma.
The progress that Burma has made over the past several decades is due in large part to economic sanctions – we know they work. In this moment of crisis for the Rohingya people, it would be inhumane and unacceptable for Congress to stand idly by. A bipartisan group of lawmakers have recently introduced legislation to address this atrocity, but it needs more support to move forward.

Tell Congress: Do everything you can to stop the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people. Pass the Burma Act of 2017. Click here to sign the petition.

The Burma Act of 2017 would hit top officials in the military government in the only way that they will understand – through aggressive sanctions that will hit their pocketbooks. We must build grassroots support for this crucial legislation now.
Recently, the U.S. Holocaust Museum released a report verifying that the Burmese Army is marching toward committing genocide against the Rohingya people.3 The Burma Act of 2017 would impose financial sanctions and visa bans on senior military officials in Burma. This means that U.S. banks and other financial institutions would be barred from holding their blood money, their children would be prohibited from attending U.S. colleges, and it would stop the U.S. military from providing security assistance to these war criminals.4
The Muslim Rohingya have long been hated in a majority-Buddhist country, with conflict going back decades to the two groups fighting on different sides of World War II. At the end of August, a handful of Rohingya militants mounted an attack, and the Burmese army has responded with a systematic campaign of murder that experts describe a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing. More than 288 villages have been burned, and bodies are still washing up on the shore of the Bay of Bengal.5
Yet still, many in Myanmar insist nothing is going on – or it is somehow deserved. In the face of such attitudes, Congress’s failure to take action is unacceptable.

Tell Congress: Do everything you can to stop the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people. Pass the Burma Act of 2017. Click here to sign the petition.

At this pivotal moment, our leaders have a choice: respond decisively to one of the most pressing humanitarian crises in the world today by standing with those fleeing persecution and violence or turn their backs and be judged by history. We need to put pressure on Congress now to make sure they make the right choice.

Tell Congress: Do everything you can to stop the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people. Pass the Burma Act of 2017. Click the link below to sign the petition:
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/Pass_Burma_Sanctions_2017?t=8&akid=26208%2E9771974%2ETPDRIs

Thank you for standing against genocide,
Tessa Levine, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:
  1. Bethany Hines, “Rohingya refugees need your help,” CNN, Nov. 13, 2017.
  2. Nyshka Chandran, “US considers slapping sanctions back on Myanmar a year after removing them,” CNBC, Oct. 24, 2017.
  3. Poppy McPherson,“US Holocaust Museum says evidence of genocide against Rohingya in Myanmar,” The Guardian, Nov. 14, 2017.
  4. Leigh Ann Caldwell and Abigail Williams, “Senators Propose Sanctions on Myanmar but Path Forward Rests With McConnell,” NBC News, Nov. 2, 2017.
  5. Hannah Beech, “Across Myanmar, Denial of Ethnic Cleansing and Loathing of Rohingya,” The New York Times, Oct. 24, 2017.
  6. Ibid.

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11/15/2017

Petition to Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee

peace laureate aung san suu kyi

Tell the Nobel Committee: Pressure Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to stop genocide


Even as you read this, Burmese government soldiers are perpetrating a genocide on the Rohingya – a Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, also known as Burma – including horrors sickening even to imagine:

"Survivors said they saw government soldiers stabbing babies, cutting off boys’ heads, gang-raping girls, shooting 40-millimeter grenades into houses, burning entire families to death, and rounding up dozens of unarmed male villagers and summarily executing them."1

Former activist and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is now the most senior non-military leader of Myanmar. But she has refused to use her stature to stop these atrocities, even reportedly referring to genocide as “a quarrel” in a recent visit to the area.2 One U.N. human rights expert calls her silence “baffling.”3

One of the few international bodies that might have influence over Suu Kyi is the Nobel Committee that once awarded her the Nobel Peace Prize – so we need to pressure them to speak up immediately in order to stop the violence.

Tell the Nobel Committee: Pressure Peace laureate to stop genocide.

In one stomach-churning account, a Rohingya woman described how Burmese government soldiers threw her child into a fire, then proceeded to rape her and murder her sisters, brother, and mother.4

The Muslim Rohingya have long been hated in a majority-Buddhist country, with conflict going back decades to the two groups fighting on different sides of World War II. At the end of August, a handful of Rohingya militants mounted an attack and the Burmese army has responded with a systematic campaign of murder that experts describe a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing. More than 288 villages have been burned, and bodies are still washing up on the shore of the Bay of Bengal.6

Yet still, many in Myanmar insist nothing is going on – or it is somehow deserved.6 In the face of such attitudes, Aung San Suu Kyi's failure to loudly condemn the military violence is aiding and abetting horrific crimes.

Yanghee Lee, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, insists that “If Aung San Suu Kyi were instead to reach out to the people and say, ‘Hey, let’s show some humanity,’ I think people will follow her — she’s adored by the public.”7 Instead, Suu Kyi has supported the army’s stance and told the world that “no one can fully understand the situation of our country the way we do.”8

Tell the Nobel Committee: Pressure Peace laureate to stop genocide.

Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize for her opposition to the repressive military junta that has ruled Myanmar for far too long. Even after her party swept into office with promises of reform, the military has continued to try to limit her power. Still, as human rights experts note, she has immense popularity and the ability to speak out – and with a Nobel prize in her pocket, she has even greater responsibility to do so.

Unlike Donald Trump, the Nobel Committee has enough moral credibility that it seems possible they might intervene. Despite the committee’s insistence that they are no longer involved once they award a prize, Suu Kyi’s failure to speak out against this violence is tarnishing the Nobel Committee’s reputation in a way that might force them to respond.9 We need to make it clear to the Nobel Committee that they must do everything in their power to publicly pressure Suu Kyi – and help stop these atrocities.

Tell the Nobel Committee: Pressure Peace laureate to stop genocide.

Thank you for speaking out.

References:

1. Jeffrey Gettleman, “Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby Into a Fire,’” The New York Times, Oct. 11, 2017.
2. Oliver Holmes, “Aung San Suu Kyi makes first visit to site of anti-Rohingya violence,” The Guardian, Nov. 2, 2017.
3. Laignee Barron, “A U.N. Rights Expert Is 'Baffled' by Aung San Suu Kyi’s Seeming Indifference to the Rohingya,” Time, Oct. 27, 2017.
4. Gettleman, “Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby Into a Fire.’”
5. Ibid.
6. Hannah Beech, “Across Myanmar, Denial of Ethnic Cleansing and Loathing of Rohingya,” The New York Times, Oct. 24, 2017.
7. Gettleman, “Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby Into a Fire.’”
8. Holmes, “Aung San Suu Kyi makes first visit to site of anti-Rohingya violence.”
9. Russell Goldman, “Why Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize Won’t Be Revoked,” The New York Times, Sept. 4, 2017.



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