Last week, the U.N. Human Rights Council authorized an independent fact-finding investigation into extreme violence and ethnic cleansing in Burma (Myanmar). Mohammed Naeem, a Rohingya community leader stated, “We have been trying to have our voices heard for many decades. This is a positive step to establishing truth and protecting Rohingya rights.”
Your actions have helped to lift up the voices of the Rohingya in the United States. In just two weeks, you, along with nearly 3,000 others, joined our call and added your name to our petition urging Secretary Tillerson to support a Commission of Inquiry (COI). Many of you took the action further, sharing the message on social media and with your personal networks. Thank you so much for your support and dedication to this work.
Ultimately, the United States not only supported, but co-sponsored the resolution which will send a panel of independent experts to Burma to investigate alleged killings, torture, and rape by Burmese security forces against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. While different than a COI in its scope, this investigation is still a critical first step to ending the violence and holding the perpetrators accountable.
“When asked how we could best support this effort, UUSC partner Kyaw Win, Executive Director of the Burma Human Rights Network, shared, “The international community should continue to put pressure on the Burmese government to allow and cooperate fully with the international fact-finding mission,” and this is exactly what we intend to do. UUSC will continue to work closely with Rohingya leaders and civil society organizations in Burma, as well as other international human rights advocates, to advance the rights, dignity and safety of religious and ethnic minorities in the country.
Thank you for your partnership,
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