Burma: Stop the next Rwanda
To President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht:
As concerned citizens from around the world, we call on you to help stop the violence in Burma that is wiping out the Rohingya. To do this, we call on you to withhold restoring Generalized System for Preferences (GSP) status for Burma unless and until President Thein Sein deploys the forces necessary to protect human lives and begins to hold accountable those committing acts of violence.
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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 they 'take jobs away' from the majority Rakhine. 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.
There's one simple thing we can do as a global community of conscience. The EU is considering granting a special trade status to Burma later this month, ostensibly to reward their president for minor reforms. But if we demand they condition that grant on Burmese President Thein Sein acting to stop the violence, that could be the leverage necessary to force him to act. Sign the petition now and let’s stop the next Rwanda.