In response to the government of Burma's military campaign of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority in that nation, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all members of the public to contact their U.S. senators and urge support for Senate amendment 607 (SA 607) to S.1519 - National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, an amendment that would ensure the U.S. military does not provide any military-to-military assistance to the Government of Burma.
Bipartisan SA 607 is sponsored by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Cory Scott Gardner (R-CO).
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The United States government and military should not reward Burma’s genocidal violence against Rohingya Muslims by expanding its military-to-military engagement with Burma. The United Nations’ top human rights official Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein recently said that the Government of Burma was conducting a “cruel military operation” against Rohingya Muslims in Burma's Rakhine state, labeling it “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
While the U.S. House version of the 2018 NDAA does not include an expansion of military-to-military assistance to the Government of Burma, section 1262 of S.1519 proposes to do so. SA 607 simply strikes that section is response to the Government of Burma military's targeting and ethnic cleansing of that state's Rohingya Muslim minority.