Target: Le Luong Minh, Secretary General of ASEAN
Goal: Condemn alleged ethnic cleansing of Rohingya minority by Myanmar state security forces.
Dozens of Rohingya are dead and over 30,000 are displaced after recent violence allegedly perpetrated by state security in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Arakan states. There have been multiple reports of soldiers burning and looting Rohingya villages and attacking, sexually assaulting, and killing members of Rohingya community. Satellite images show many Rohingya villages have been razed. Thousands have fled into neighboring Bangladesh, with tens of thousands more people reportedly trapped at the border seeking entry into the country. Authorities in Myanmar have denied reports of violence, claiming that reports have been fabricated and that members of the Rohingya minority have burned their own villages to ‘gain international attention.’
An estimated 1.1 million people of the predominantly Muslim Rohingya minority live in Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation with a population of 53.2 million. While communities of Rohingya have been in Myanmar for generations, authorities view and treat the members of the minority as illegal immigrants. The government of Myanmar has been unresponsive to calls to restrain and investigate security forces, however, the country is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN. ASEAN may provide an avenue to put an end to what U.N. officials have implied may be an ethnic cleansing campaign. Sign our petition and demand that Secretary General of ASEAN, Le Luong Minh, condemns the alleged campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya minority.
Dear Secretary General Le Luong Minh,
As you must know, multiple reports have emerged of seemingly systematic attacks on the Rohingya minority of Myanmar, which have left dozens of people dead and 30,000 displaced. Those fleeing the violence accuse members of state security forces of a campaign of violence including murders, assaults, and arson and looting in Rohingya communities. Satellite images show that many villages have been razed.
Authorities in Myanmar have not responded to these allegations by either halting security actions in Rakhine and Arakan states or investigating the allegations. Instead, representatives of the government have made statements accusing activists in the Rohingya community of burning their own villages — accusations that are as unbelievable as they are unsubstantiated. Given the lack of action on the part of the government of Myanmar, I must call on you to condemn this violence against the Rohingya community and to press the government of Myanmar to act to ensure that all residents are able to live in peace.
[Your Name Here]
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