Stop Denying Hundreds of Muslim Children Their Right to Education

Target: Htin Kyaw, President of Myanmar

Goal: Reopen Islamic religious schools in Muslim neighborhood in Myanmar.

Hundreds of children have been locked out of their schools due to pressure by Buddhist ultranationalists in Myanmar where the genocide of Muslims is suspected to be taking place. Two madrasas, or schools, were closed by police after pressure from a mob of these ultranationalists who believe the schools are in breach of a contract that says community members cannot use the buildings for worship. The mob swarmed the buildings, forcing police to padlock the doors so no one could gain access.

It is Myanmar’s duty to punish those responsible for this horrific crime, yet no actions have been taken. While these Buddhist ultranationalists feel they need to prevent Muslims from practicing their religion, they are really just denying innocent children their right to an education. Myanmar is required by international human rights law to protect its citizens’ freedom of religion and thought.

Myanmar has a troubling history of Islamophobia. In addition to the alleged genocide, Muslims in Myanmar have a difficult time gaining permits to build or repair mosques, leaving them few places to worship. Myanmar needs to stop violating the rights of its Muslim citizens and punish those who forced the schools to be shut down. Sign this petition to demand that the nation’s government reopen the schools immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Kyaw,

Hundreds of children in your country are being denied their right to an education due to excessive force by Buddhist ultranationalists who closed two madrasas. While they believe they are enforcing the law, they are actually violating international human rights law that deems everyone has the right to worship as they please.

It is your duty to punish those who pressured police to close the schools and ensure that the rights of Muslims in your country are protected. I demand that you reopen the schools immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Khairulash

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One Comment

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Muslim children have rights to an education!!! Stop Denying them of this NOW!!

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