Tens of thousands of you raised your voices and told our government that more must be done to protect the Rohingya minority in Burma and your voices were heard. Thanks to your actions, I was invited to testify in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific today.
At today’s hearing, I addressed the plight of the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities and presented evidence and shared stories from my recent trip to Burma. I also raised the critical issue of relations between the militaries of the U.S. and Burma. This is extremely important particularly at a time when the military of Burma has been directly implicated in the violence against Muslims.
Today, I amplified your voices at Congress, but we must not stop here. Sectarian violence continues to rise in Burma. Just a few weeks ago, a group of 1,000 Buddhists burned dozens of Rohingya Muslim homes and shops in Htan Gone village. Days earlier, 200 Buddhists attacked the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Burma while he was visiting a Rohingya refugee camp in Meiktila.
I will not stop until these stories are heard. Thank you for entrusting me with bringing your voices to Congress.
Read my full oral testimony below: