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Comment to Senate Leader McConnell
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Please Tell Them All
During the military assault and destruction of their villages in the autumn of 2017, Rohingya women were raped in huge numbers and the Myanmar government has simply denied this fact. This is another important reason why more pressure on Myanmar’s government is needed. Further delay of the bipartisan Sanctions Bills sends the wrong message to perpetrators of rape and other crimes of war.
Sanctions bills S 2060 and HR 4223 include funds that will help women who were raped by the Burmese military starting 9 months ago and now will be giving birth this month.
How can the USA ignore a genocide? How do we ignore suffering mothers on Mother’s Day? If we continue to make excuses for inaction, history will judge us all harshly.
While China is steady in its protection of the Myanmar military, the US is not steady or strong in protection of Rohingya rights. Actions speak louder than words.
Rohingya must be repatriated in their original villages and lands. All stolen properties must be returned or Rohingya must be given adequate reparations.
Impunity for military abuse cannot be good for the nation of Myanmar or its future.
In the News
Speaking of Senator McConnell, here is a strong op-ed on the delay mentioned above.
Public Television ran a three-part series on the suffering of Rohingya women in the refugee camps, with a number of videos focusing on their suffering and exploitation.
Concerns Regarding Military: The Burmese military also has an ongoing history of targeting other ethnic minorities and preventing a peace process in conflict regions of Burma. On 1 May the UN Special Rapporteur to Burma voiced concern at reports that the army was conducting aerial bombing and directing artillery fire on civilian populated areas in Kachin State. The army has also prevented humanitarian relief from reaching Kachin civilians.
The United Nations has appointed an envoy to Myanmar, representing the Secretary General’s office. Previous candidates had been rejected by the government of Myanmar.
According to reports this week, Burmese Army leader continues to deny rape and other war crimes.