“Never Again” is “happening again,” was the chant of demonstrators across the world, who called for sanctions against Burma/Myanmar for its modern-day genocide against our Rohingya sisters and brothers.
Now there is momentum to force Myanmar’s military to change its violent course or face repercussions. Two new Congressional bills, one in the Senate and another in the House, while falling short of the stronger sanctions regime we still advocate, have been introduced and go beyond mere condemnation: S. Bill 2060: Bill To Promote Democracy and Human Rights in Burma and H. Bill 4223: Burma Act of 2017. This is a step in the right direction, and we must get our Senators and Representatives to support both bills.
The bills will:
Mandate the U.S. government take steps to end the persecution against the Rohingya, and other ethnic peoples of Burma.
Facilitate continued U.S. humanitarian assistance to the affected people.
Implement targeted sanctions against Burmese military officials responsible for the atrocities.
Prohibit U.S. military-to-military cooperation with Burma's army.
Call for full implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission on Rakhine State.
Calling works! Ask your legislator to support and pass these two crucial bills.
Contact your Senator here and ask them to support Senate Resolution 2060.
Contact your Representative here and ask them to support House Resolution 4223.
The Rohingya are an indigenous people who are being killed and forced out of their ancestral lands in huge numbers while the Myanmar government turns a blind eye, misleads its allies and partners, and demonizes the victims.
What is happening to Rohingya must be called by its name: genocide. This is the judgement of legal scholars at Yale, 22 Nobel Prize Winners, and many more leaders across the world. Genocide is never an internal matter, but requires action by the international community.
Legal and economic sanctions are needed to pressure military leaders who up to now have been allowed to kill and drive out almost half of the Rohingya population remaining in Rakhine State.
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