Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Keep Up the International Call to End Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar
Pressure is Mounting for Things to Change in Myanmar.
The story of Rohingya persecution in Myanmar has been developing for several months. For the latest and a strong new direction from the United Nations, read here. For the broader story, read on below, then sign Amnesty International's petition.
Also known as Burma, the South Asian country sprawling between Bangladesh, China, and Thailand is home to an ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim and Hindu Rohingya people.
From the time of military dictatorship to Myanmar's current nascent democratic transition, the majority Buddhist population has a long history of abuse and discrimination against the Rohingya. 2,000,000 Rohingya reside on both sides of the Myanmar-Bandgladeshi border, with as many as 1.3 million recently residing in the state of Rakhine in western Myanmar. Rohingya in Myanmar are prohibited from having citizenship, are denied their ancestral claims to land, and at times have been subjected to deliberate expulsion programs from the country.
In 2016, a group of Rohingya insurgents attacked a number of Myanmar border posts. The Myanmar military responding by using the incident as pretext for widespread violence and land seizures against the civilian populace. News of mass raids and killings and a refugee exodus have surged since September. 900,000 of the 1.1-1.3 million Rohingya in Myanmar have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. Evidence of widespread killings and other crimes against humanity is being documented as refugees arrive to safety.
For a PG-Rated video on the Rohingya refugee situation in Bangladesh, see this feature from Al Jazeera.
Today, please take some time to sign Amnesty International's Petition to the military chief of Myanmar.
You may also make a contribution to the International Rescue Committee's emergency response in Burma and other conflict zones around the world.
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