About That Nobel Peace Prize
Updated: Sept. 18, 2017
The top United Nations human rights official just called what's happening to the Rohingya "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing."
More than 300,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh in only the last two weeks, as the Burmese military has burned villages, raped women, and murdered civilians, including children.
This Muslim minority in the predominantly Buddhist nation of Burma (Myanmar) has long suffered apartheid-like conditions. But the government's campaign of terror has intensified in the wake of recent insurgent attacks.
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese national hero Aung San Suu Kyi has done nothing to stop the atrocities. Indeed, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof calls her the "chief apologist for this ethnic cleansing."
How to help Rohingya refugees
Leave a note with your thoughts on Aung San Suu Kyi's Facebook page.
Urge the Nobel Prize Commission to rescind Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize.
Contact international leaders listed in the Islamic Society of North America's (ISNA's) action alert. Talking points are provided. If you have time for only one call: leave a comment for US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at 202.647.2663.
Support organizations advocating for the Rohingya including Fortify Rights, the Burma Task Force USA (a coalition including CAIR, ISNA, and many other groups), Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International. You can also find several crowdfunded donation campaigns at LaunchGood.
Update: The Daily Beast reports that Facebook is deleting posts documenting many of the atrocities. Urge Facebook to revisit how it handles posts about violence targeting the Rohingya.
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