Rights Group Petition Spotlights Government Actions Against Rohingya Minority
“President Obama’s Silence Would Be Indefensible”
The human rights group United to End Genocide warned that President Obama failure to publicly address the persecution of the Rohingya ethnic minority while in Burma today would be indefensible.
Former Congressman Tom Andrews, President of United to End Genocide issued the following statement:
“In a few hours, President Obama will wake up to an opportunity to help save many thousands of lives who are under siege at the hands of his hosts — the government of Burma. Step One — speak up strongly and clearly against the march to genocide in Burma that has more than a million innocent people under siege.”
“It is imperative that his host — Burmese President Thein Sein — know that the United States will not sit idly by while the government of Burma systematically attacks the rights and the lives of innocent people whose only crime is their ethnicity and the god they pray to.”
“Unless the attacks against the Rohingya — and all ethnic minorities — stop the United States should take punitive action including the reimposition of economic sanctions that were lifted two years ago.”
“There is a lot at stake. The Rohingya are not just a name, they are a people and a culture at risk of being erased. President Obama's silence in the face of this heinous crime would be indefensible.”
United to End Genocide launched a public campaign urging President Obama to “Just Say Their Name — Rohingya”. The #JustSayTheirName campaign features a petition and Instagram images urging President Obama to “Say Rohingya” and demand protection of the Rohingya during his visit to Burma. For more information please go to: http://JustSayTheirName.org.