Bangladesh: Allow Aid to Continue for Myanmar Refugees

Target: Government of Bangladesh

Goal: Allow NGOs to continue providing aid to Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh

Violence broke out between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state of Myanmar in response to a Buddhist woman’s rape and murder. Since then Muslims have fled by the thousands into neighbouring Bangladesh to escape violence. In the backlash, at least 78 people have died due to the regional conflict, pitting Muslims and Buddhists against one another. Non-governmental organizations have been providing for refugees that have entered Bangladesh. Bangladeshi authorities have decided this can continue no longer, ordering three core non-governmental organizations to cease activities in and around unofficial refugee camps in southeast Bangladesh. Tell the government of Bangladesh to reconsider this position so that refugees are safe in this unsettling, uncertain time.

In response to the violence and discrimination suffered by the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar, the government of Saudi Arabia has called the conflict an ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Muslims. “The human rights situation in Rakhine state is serious,” Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar said in a statement. “I witnessed the widespread suffering of people who have lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of the violence and express my sympathy to the victims from both communities.” Urge Bangladeshi authorities to look beyond matters of race, religion, and ethnic origin to humanely allow those displaced peoples to live humanely on Bangladeshi soil until violence ends.

 

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Government of Bangladesh,

The violence between Buddhists and Muslims in neighboring Myanmar is intolerable. Thousands of lives have been threatened and nearly 80 lives have been sacrificed since the regional conflict’s start. Many individuals and families have sought safety within your country’s borders, currently a safe haven from fear. Non-governmental organizations have provided essential services and humanitarian aid in this time of desperation. Please do not cut off their access to unofficial refugee camps in southeast Bangladesh; their livelihood depends upon your decision.

Send the message to the Muslim Rohingya minority that they should be given the opportunity to lead lives of dignity despite one’s opinion of their religious background. Remember that we are all worthy of lives free of fear. Love thy neighbor, use your sovereign authority for good, and allow for crucial aid to continue.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Lauren Simcic Lauren Simcic says:

    *Watch this video for an al Jazeera update on the conflict between the Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists*

    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/08/20128142414975722.html

    Sign my petition requesting that the govt of Bangladesh allow vital food aid to be distributed to Myanmar refugees inside their borders. Thousands have fled there due to an outbreak of violence between Buddhists and Muslims. They really need the help of local NGOs during this time of uncertainty.

    Allow humanitarian assistance to continue.

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