International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma


Friday, June 3, 2016

Apologies

Dear friend

We had a technical glitch with the petition we emailed you yesterday. Some supporters were not able to complete the form because of a problem with the postcode setting.


This has now been fixed, so if you weren't able to add your name yesterday, you can sign the petition here.

Many thanks and apologies for any inconvenience.
Mark
Burma Campaign UK
 
Here's the email we sent yesterday:

Four steps could help end repression against the Rohingya minority in Burma.
 
Burma's Rohingya ethnic minority have faced severe human rights violations for decades, and in the past five years this has increased, with legal and human rights experts saying they have suffered from ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, and that there is even a risk of genocide.
 
Rohingya people face violence and death.Government policies are designed to make and keep them poor. Children are denied education and health services. Most Rohingya have no citizenship and no vote. International aid is restricted, even to the 140,000 people living in camps after their homes and villages were attacked and burned down in 2012. One senior UN official visiting the camps stated: "I witnessed a level of human suffering in IDP camps that I have personally never seen before."
 
But now at last there is a chance for change. The new NLD-led government has established a new body to look at the problems in Rakhine State, where most Rohingya live.
 
The Central Committee for Implementation of Peace and Development in Rakhine State is chaired by Aung San Suu Kyi, and will make key decisions on the future of government policy towards the Rohingya.
 
Already though, racist nationalists are campaigning to force the NLD government not only to continue repressive policies against the Rohingya, but even increase them.
 
We have to counter the message of hate and let the NLD government know that there is global support for them to end repression against the Rohingya.
 
Rohingya community groups are calling on the new government to take four initial steps to start to end repression of the Rohingya. These are:
  1. Take action against hate speech and incitement to violence
  2. Lift restrictions on humanitarian aid
  3. Repeal the citizenship law which deprives the Rohingya of citizenship and rights
  4. Support a UN investigation into human rights violations in Rakhine State.
Send a message of hope to the NLD government. Counter the message of hate.
 
Sign our petition here calling on the new NLD-led government to implement these four steps.

Thank you.

Mark Farmaner
Burma Campaign UK
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As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,

As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,
"Justice is a dream. But it is a dream we are determined to realize."