Former Maine Congressman Tom Andrews, President of United to End Genocide, will be speaking at an event exploring the connections between genocide and the state of Maine.
Publicly saying the name of one of most persecuted groups on earth is an important statement. But stopping the march to genocide in Burma against the Rohingya is going to require not only words but strong action.
The Rohingya aren't just a name, they are a people at risk of being erased. President Obama must not be an accomplice to this heinous crime by being silent.
President Obama must recognize that, however well intended, it was a miscalculation to lift most economic and diplomatic pressure on Burma two years ago.
As President Obama prepares to visit Burma in November, he should follow the Special Rapporteur and speak out against the systematic abuse of the Rohingya.