Today, after 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Congress will vote on an amendment to add sanctions against Burma’s military in response that country’s targeted genocide of ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority community.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/23/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today called on all Americans to urge their elected member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives to vote “YES” in support of Congressman Eliot Engel’s (D-NY) 43rd amendment to the national defense spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The amendment, titled “Matters Relating to Burma:”
“Authorizes financial and visa sanctions against perpetrators of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya by the Burmese military and security forces; limits U.S. military and security assistance with Burma until reforms take place; incentivizes reform of the Burmese gemstone sector which is notoriously dominated by the military; and requires a determination of what crimes the Burmese military committed, including genocide.”
“American taxpayers must be assured that the U.S. government is not handing over their hard-earned money to the military of Burma, which is committing acts of genocide and other crimes against humanity against the Rohingya Muslim minority in that country,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com