(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/7/17) – In response to the Burma (Myanmar) government backed 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 urging Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to take part in the following actions to increase American and international pressure on the Burmese government.
- Join the Friday, September 8, Jummah prayer and rally in front of the Embassy of Myanmar in Washington, D.C. from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at 2300 S St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008.
- Register Now: Facebook Event Page: Stand Against Genocide of Rohingya in Burma
- Tell Congress “No Military Aid to Burma:” Call your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor and support a bipartisan Senate amendment (SA 607) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 that would cut off U.S. military assistance to Burma’s army.
- Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to connect with your state’s senate offices, request to speak with the staffer responsible for foreign policy, tell the staffer or leave a message requesting support for the “Senate Amendment 607 to the NDAA because you ‘OPPOSE’ U.S. military aid to Burma’s army,” making sure to leave your name, address, and a call back number.
- Khatibs (Islamic prayer leaders) and Imams (Islamic religious leaders) address the Rohingya Muslim crisis during Jummah (Friday) prayers: As Muslim community and religious leaders and activists it is your duty to address the responsibility of Muslims to stand up for justice during this crisis. For more information about the crisis Rohingya Muslims are facing, refer to Human Right Watch's profile: "Burma’s Rohingya Need the World’s Attention."
- Note: Leaders from all faith communities are encouraged to similarly address their congregations.
- Host a Rally for Rohingya Muslims in Your Cirty: Partner with your local CAIR chapter to organize an awareness building rally in your city and join cities worldwide hosting demonstrations to protest the genocide of Rohingya Muslims. Time your protests coincide with the mid-September start of the U.N. General Assembly. For more information or to organize a demonstration in your city or locality email CAIR at email@example.com.
- Contact the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson [phone: 202-647-2663] and U.S. Ambassador to Burma Scot Marciel [phone: (95)-(1) 536-509] and request that the United States government:
- Demand the Myanmar government put an immediate stop to all military-and-mob-led violence targeting the Rohingya Muslim minority.
- Demand the Myanmar government permit United Nation’s investigators to inspect affected Rohingya areas in Myanmar.
- Ensure that governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh enable the free flow of emergency relief aid to Rohingya Muslims.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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