DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable James P. McGovern
Sent By:
James.Shuster@mail.house.gov

Bill: H.Res. 418
Date: 12/18/2013

Become a Cosponsor
McGovern-Pitts Resolution to Protect Burma’s Rohingya Minority
Current Cosponsors: Reps.
Crowley, Franks, Engel, Smith (NJ), Schakowsky, King,
Keating
, Wolf, Bonamici, Bentivolio, Maloney, Royce, Welch and
Price
Currently endorsed by: Physicians for Human Rights, Refugees International, US Campaign for Burma, and United to End Genocide
Dear Colleague:
We have introduced a bipartisan resolution (H.Res. 418) calling for the protection of Burma’s Rohingya minority and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Burma.
We invite you to join us as a cosponsor.
While Burma has begun a gradual transition from decades of military rule to civilian control, Burma’s Rohingya minority has experienced a shocking rise in targeted attacks
at the hands of Burma’s Buddhist majority, along with increased instances of arbitrary arrests, detention, and extortion of Rohingya and other Muslim communities across the country.
Long considered one of the most vulnerable and marginalized minorities in Burma, the Rohingya have been officially stateless since the adoption of a citizenship law in 1982.
The population has also historically experienced other severe legal, economic, and social discrimination, including restrictions on travel and limitations on access to education and employment.  More recently, a policy sanctioned in two districts in Burma’s
Rakhine State has restricted Rohingya women from having more than two children.
During the summer of 2012, violence targeting Rohingyas in Maungdaw and Sittwe resulted in the deaths of at least 57 Muslims and the destruction of 1,336 Rohingyas homes.
On October 23, 2012, at least 70 Rohingyas were killed, and the Yan Thei village of the Mrauk-U Township was destroyed. According to the Associated Press, communal violence since June of 2012 has resulted in approximately 240 deaths, mostly Muslims, and the
displacement of 240,000 people. All signs indicate that the Rohingya and other Muslim communities in Burma remain at extreme risk to further forms of persecution and violence.
We invite you to join us as a cosponsor on this resolution calling for an end to the persecution of Burma’s Rohingya minority and the protection of all ethnic
and religious minority groups in Burma.
  If you wish to receive a copy of the resolution, would like to cosponsor, or have any questions, please contact Katya Migacheva at 5-3599 (Katya.Migacheva@mail.house.gov)
with Congressman Jim McGovern or Carson Middleton at 5-2411 (Carson.Middleton@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Joe Pitts’s office.
Sincerely,
James P. McGovern                                        Joseph R. Pitts
          Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

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