Letter to the National Unity Government: In a letter we organized, Burmese leaders of North…
In the past President Barack Obama has affirmed the Rohingya identity and their basic right to “self-identify” in numerous world fora and in meetings with Burmese officials and dignitaries. We are at a critical moment in which the violence against the Rohingya has escalated and they need your help more than ever. After an attack on 3 police outposts that left 9 Burmese officers dead, the Burmese military has crackdown on local Rohingya communities: over 100 extrajudicial killings have been reported, hundreds have been arbitrarily arrested and detained, homes have been burned down and property looted. This has to stop. Contact President Obama and ask him to speak up for the Rohingya.
President Barack Obama
Phone number for comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414
- The Rohingya are an indigenous people living in their ancestral lands.
- The Rohingya are one of the most persecuted people on the planet and as stateless people should have their citizenship rights fully recognized and restored.
- The attacks must not be used by the government as a pretext to continue and enhance its persecution of the Rohingya through arbitrary arrests, curfews, and executions.
- The ambassador should visit Northern Rakhine state. Such visits in the past have shown to calm tensions and prevent the escalation of violence