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CAIR: Georgia Activists, Burmese Refugees to March Saturday Against Genocide

CAIR-Georgia calls for action from Senators Perdue and Isakson

(ATLANTA, GA, 9/15/17) — On Saturday, September 16, a coalition of Atlanta organizations, including the Burmese Community of Georgia and the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA), plan to hold a march against the Burmese government’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

During the march, which is scheduled to begin at Centennial Olympic Park at 3 p.m., activists plan to call on Georgia Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson to join Senator John McCain in supporting a Senate resolution that would condemn the Burmese government’s violence. 

The marchers also plan to stop at the CNN Center, and deliver to any reporters in attendance an electronic file containing compiled footage of atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims, including acts of torture, arson and murder.

WHAT: Rally Against Rohingya Genocide

WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA

CONTACT: Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530; emitchell@cair.com; Muhammad Ayub Khan, 404-447-8923, rohingyaga@gmail.com

Over the past several weeks, Burmese soldiers have traveled from village to village in Rahkine State, committing mass murder, rape and arson along the way. Survivors, bystanders, and even perpetrators have posted video footage online showing Rohingya men, women and children being beaten to death, dismembered, and burned alive, among other acts of brutality. 

“The world failed to intervene in Rwanda. The world failed to intervene in Srebrenica. The world still has a chance to act in Myanmar,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. “Georgia, which is home to thousands of Burmese-Americans who fled persecution, has a role to play in stopping Myanmar’s campaign of ethnic cleansing.”

In letters sent to Senators Isakson and Perdue, CAIR-Georgia and the Burmese Rohingya Community of Georgia, Inc. encouraged them to support John McCain’s Senate Resolution 250. So far, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring the resolution to the Senate floor for a vote.

READ: Letter to Senator David Perdue & Senator Johnny Isakson

The letter also called on the senators to oppose a proposed expansion of American military assistance to Myanmar in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“Although the United States cannot and should not intervene in every global humanitarian crisis, our nation should not contribute to this crisis by expanding military-to-military cooperation with Burma’s government,” the letter said.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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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