Call for United Nations Action to Stop Rohingya Genocide
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Rohingya Muslims described as the "world's most persecuted minority" is undergoing a silent genocide. They are an ethnic group, a majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya who lives in the Southeast Asian country. According to Al Jazeera, shortly after Myanmar's independence from the British in 1948, the Union Citizenship Act was passed, defining which ethnicities could gain citizenship and the Rohingya were not included. In 1982, a new citizenship law was passed, which effectively rendered the Rohingya stateless. Since the 1970s, a number of crackdowns on the Rohingya in Rakhine State have forced hundreds of thousands to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, as well as Malaysia, Thailand, and other Southeast Asian countries. During such crackdowns, refugees have often reported rape, torture, arson, and murder by Myanmar security forces.
Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar and the Nobel peace prize laureate, has refused to discuss the plight of the Rohingya. Aung San Suu Kyi and her government do not recognize the Rohingya as an ethnic group and have blamed violence in Rakhine, and subsequent military crackdowns, on those they call "terrorists".
-We, as peaceful and concerned people living in the US, call for an end to violence against the Rohingya Muslim Myanmar.
-We demand an end to persecution and targeted violence against the Rohingya.
-We demand that Aung San Suu Kyi forfeits her Nobel peace prize on the grounds of human rights violation and her complicity pertaining to the ethnic cleansing of over 1 million individuals in Myanmar.
-We demand our US government to officially recognize these acts of continuous violence as programmed genocide and ethnic cleansing.
-We demand that Bangladesh opens its borders to the Rohingya and world leaders provide aid for the Refugees who have to abandon their homes due to fear of persecution.
Silence is complicity and as Martin Luther King, Jr said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
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