—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (October 13, 2012) – ICNA today urges President Obama to demand justice for Rohingya Muslims during his upcoming visit to Burma.
The Burmese government has systematically persecuted the Rohingya Muslim population for years, stripping them of civil rights and subjecting them to lives of poverty and oppression. The ongoing violence against the community has attracted attention from numerous human rights groups, but little has been done to ensure the rights of the Rohingyas as the state itself is responsible for their persecution.
“We urge President Obama to address the outstanding human rights violations being committed against the Rohingya Muslims,” said Dr. Zahid Bukhari, President of ICNA. “The international community cannot continue to ignore their ethnic cleansing. As the first U.S. president to ever visit Burma, we believe that President Obama is in the best position to demand justice for all Burmese minorities.”
“The Rohingya population must be granted Burmese citizenship and equal rights, and their religious freedom, and the religious freedom of all minorities in Burma, must be protected. We also urge the president to call for restrictions to be lifted in the Arakan state, which is home to many Rohingyas, so that aid may be distributed freely in the area.”
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