Despite decades of state sanctioned Islamophobic propaganda and attacks on the Rohingya community, there are…
Hopefully the blessed final days of Ramadan are filling you with serenity and gratitude. These are the
holiest days of the holy month, when good deeds carry great weight, and actions speak much louder than
It is with this in mind that Burma Task Force has condemned the recently signed Memorandum of
Understanding between the United Nations and the Myanmar government as woefully inadequate. The
agreement, signed on June 6, excludes the critical issue of citizenship and has drawn widespread criticism
from Rohingya refugees and international observers.
The Myanmar government has once again demonstrated bad faith through its unwillingness to restore
citizenship to over a million Rohingya Muslims. Without citizenship, basic rights to security, property,
and livelihood are effectively non-existent.
Excluding the critical issue of citizenship means Myanmar is not negotiating in good faith. Rohingya
refugees will not simply return to a situation in which their very lives are in jeopardy because of ethnic
and religious hate that is directed at them. The legal guarantees and civil protections of citizenship must
be part of any repatriation agreement.
Burma Task Force is working diligently to apply the international pressure that, God willing, will result in
the restoration of citizenship for the Rohingya. We have retained a powerful attorney of international law
to bring Myanmar before a tribunal of the International Criminal Court (ICC), where the government will
be forced to recognize and answer for its crimes. Our lawyer just finished visiting the refugee camps in
Bangladesh, and is now returning to the ICC to prosecute our case.
Your kind donations ensure that we can continue this vital work to bring accountability to the perpetrators
of the Rohingya genocide, and to assure lasting justice for the Rohingya.
With your support we will be able to retain more attorneys and specialists in international law who will
help us not only aid the Rohingya, but resolve the root causes of their plight.
In the short term, we continue to construct immediate solutions for our Rohingya brothers and sisters in
the camps, including a fully-funded sewing school for women refugees. Again, your kind donations make
such ambitious projects a reality, and your continued support will allow us to expand our vocational
programs into more areas.
The holy month of Ramadan is almost over, but there is still plenty of time to make a real difference in
the lives of our persecuted brothers and sisters in the camps in Bangladesh. Please, consider donating
today. If that is not possible at this time, then please pray for them, and for the continuing success of our
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid
Burma Task Force Chair
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