(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/10/2018) – The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s tweets encouraging tourism in Burma and renewed its calls on the Burmese government to grant basic human rights, citizenship and restitution to the Rohingya Muslims, and to hold those responsible for the genocide accountable.
Over the weekend, Dorsey posted a series of tweets about a recent trip to the country, which in August 2017 undertook a military-led ethnic-cleansing campaign of the Rohingya Muslims in the northern state of Rakhine, killing thousands and causing upwards of 700,000 to flee their homes for neighboring Bangladesh. Dorsey called Burma “an absolutely beautiful country” and encouraged his followers to visit.
In statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“Now is the time to increase pressure on Burma to recognize the basic human rights and citizenship of Rohingya Muslims, allow them to return safely to their homes and grant restitution, not to turn a blind eye to the ongoing atrocities in that nation.”
Awad added that Burma should immediately release two Reuters journalists jailed for investigating the genocide last December.
Last week, CAIR urged lawmakers to pass a House resolution calling the attacks on Rohingya Muslims a genocide and urging the Secretary of State to make the same designation.
Earlier this month, the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), an independent human rights law group contracted by the State Department to investigate atrocities committed against the Rohingya, found that there were “reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes” were committed by the Burmese military.
Separately, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said it found compelling evidence that ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, and genocide occurred.
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.
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