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Help End the Persecution of the Rohingya in Burma

As democratic reforms in Burma are generating international attention, many groups continue to suffer from extraordinary discrimination. The Rohingya – often considered the world’s most persecuted people – offer the starkest example, as they have been systematically targeted by the Burmese government. Various forms of purposeful exclusion expressly deny them citizenship, limit their access to health care and higher education, and restrict their ability to travel and marry.

Now we have the chance to make a difference in the lives of the Rohingya. We can stop some of the deplorable violence directed toward these persecuted people through a new resolution in the House of Representatives.

This resolution calls on the Burmese government to end all forms of persecution and discrimination against the Rohingya and other ethnic and religious minorities. It also asks the U.S. government and international community to pressure the Burmese government to stop the violence against the Rohingya and other Muslims in the country.

The persecution of and violence against the Rohingya population is unacceptable – we must not keep silent. Raise your voice by calling on your representatives to pass this important resolution today.

   Rohingya Man

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Support House Resolution 418 on the Rohingya

Dear Representative,

I am writing to urgently request your support for House Resolution 418 calling for continued U.S. and international pressure on the Burmese government to take all necessary measures to end the persecution and discrimination against the Rohingya population.

As you may know, approximately 140,000 Rohingyas are internally displaced within Burma, with hundreds of thousands more living as refugees outside the country. Since June 2012, long-standing discrimination has spiraled into waves of violence against Rohingya communities. Such attacks have devastated entire communities, with the destruction of homes, places of worship, and businesses. Human rights groups, including Physicians for Human Rights, have documented acquiescence and even participation in the attacks on the part of Burma's security forces. If the Burmese leadership does not address these attacks and hold perpetrators accountable, such violence will persist amid a climate of impunity.

The Rohingya have been systematically targeted by the Burmese government. They are not listed among the accepted ethnic groups in the country's citizenship law, leaving the Rohingya stateless even though many have lived in Burma for decades. The purposeful exclusion of the Rohingya from public life has limited their access to health care and higher education and restricted their ability to travel and marry, among other limitations.

I call on you to support House Resolution 418 to end discrimination against Rohingya communities in Burma and urge you to stand with other members of Congress in protecting the rights of Burma's ethnic minorities.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]