Burma: Muslim minority under threat
To Prime Minister David Cameron and President Francois Hollande:
As citizens deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Burma, we call on you to press the Burmese President to urgently protect the Rohingya using all means necessary, and grant them citizenship and full legal rights when you meet with him this month. We urge you to insist he implement such measures and tackle the impunity of aggressors to stop the violence as a condition of improved trading relations. You have both spoken repeatedly about the need for early action to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity -- now is the time to live up to those words.
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Genocides happen because we don't get concerned enough until the crime is committed. The Rohingya are a peaceful and very poor people. They're hated because their skin is darker and because of their Islamic faith. There are 800,000 of them, and they could be gone if we don't act. We've failed too many peoples, let's not fail the Rohingya.
Burmese President Thein Sein has the power, personnel and resources to protect Muslim families, all he has to do is give the word to make it happen. Thein Sein is eager to start new trade deals with Europe, and if EU leaders issue him a strong request to protect the Rohingya first, he's likely to do it. Let's raise our voices now and get 2 million signatures to bring justice for the Rohingya Muslims.