Investigate Genocide Charges

Rohingya Children

Target: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power

Goal: Investigate country charged with committing genocide against an ethnic and religious minority.

A new report has alleged that there is “strong evidence” of genocide against the Rohingya in Burma. The report, released by Yale Law School, has confirmed many of the same atrocities that other organizations have found evidence of. The authors have “strongly recommended” that the U.N. immediately launch a formal investigation into these charges.

The Rohingya are a Muslim minority group living in Western Burma. Human rights groups have been reporting cases of violence and state-sponsored discrimination against them for years. Burma’s leaders and their military have “warned” against the Muslim population “devouring” the larger population of the country. The government recently stripped them of their right to vote and has been accused of blocking international aid to the Rohingyan people.

The tension has built to a breaking point, and reports of Rohingya being targeted by violence and killed have been pouring in. If the U.N. launches an investigation, it could begin to protect this vulnerable minority and find and charge those responsible for inciting genocide against them. Sign our petition to demand that the U.N. perform one of its most essential functions and act to stop this likely genocide.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ambassador Power,

A recent report published by Yale Law School has confirmed what human rights groups have been saying about the Rohingya in Burma for years–they are suffering from an ongoing genocide against them. The time has come for the U.N. to do its job and intervene on behalf of this vulnerable minority population.

The government of Burma has been systematically stripping the Rohingya of their human rights over the years. Most recently, they were denied their right to vote simply for being Muslim. The government and military have also been accused of spreading fear-mongering misinformation about these people, “warning” the larger population about violent riots and saying that Islam will devour the nation. All of this had led to a sharp increase in prejudice and deadly violence against these innocent people who are just trying to live their lives in peace.

Little can be done to save the Rohingya from total demise until the U.N. launches a formal investigation into the charges of genocide. This has become beyond serious–too many have died already. Please use your position to call for the U.N. to start an investigation, send aid to the Rohingya, and find those responsible for inciting violence against innocents.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Firdaus Latif

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