Despite heartening news of political reforms in Burma, recurring violence and looming humanitarian crises raise questions of the government’s ability and willingness to protect civilians.
United Nations officials and independent human rights groups have reported evidence of direct state complicity in ethnic cleansing and severe human rights abuses, blocking of humanitarian aid and incitement of anti-Muslim violence, constituting ominous warning signs of genocide.
Rohingya Muslims forced from their homes and living in camps
Susceptible to state-led mass killing
Rohingya have fled Burma by boat since 2012
Not Just a Name, A People at Risk of Genocide
The 1.3 million Rohingya have been denied citizenship and stripped of all rights. They are forced to live in Apartheid conditions where they cannot travel, work or even marry without permission. Over 140,000 were forced into concentration camps after their homes and villages were burnt to the ground in 2012, and remain there today.
The government of Burma denies their very existence, prohibiting the use of their name and pressuring foreign officials not even to utter the word Rohingya. According to Burma’s President Thein Sein, “There are no Rohingya” in Burma.”
As Burma’s government persecutes the Rohingya and denies their existence, the precursors to genocide are loud and clear.
Stop Ethnic Cleansing in Burma
An entire people are under attack not because of what they have done but because of who they are.
While Burma's government has sat by -- or even worse, participated in the fighting -- over 140,000 innocent civilians have been forced from their homes. Yet, the United States has continued to reward Burma by scaling back sanctions.
Contact President Obama now and demand that the United States take immediate action to stop the violence.
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