Updated September 5, 2019
August 25, 2019 marks two years since the Burmese military drove nearly 850,000 Rohingya people from Rakhine state, in a campaign of terror and violence that amounted to genocide. To this day, Rohingya refugees are unable to return safely to their homes, and displaced Rohingya within Burma live in conditions of apartheid.
Evidence from international observers has shown the vast web of financial and economic ties the Burmese military uses to fund these atrocities. Without accountability, military-owned businesses and their crony companies are profiting off crimes against ethnic minorities, including by building new developments over the ruins of destroyed Rohingya villages.
Legislation pending in Congress would help cut off this funding stream through targeted sanctions. By financially isolating the Burmese military, the United States can help further Burma’s transition to civilian rule and promote accountability for crimes against humanity. Write to your senators now to say: no more profits from genocide.
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UUSC has been campaigning for these measures since 2017. It is a critical time to remind our members of Congress of the need to act, even if they have heard from you in the past, as Congress is expected to consider targeted sanctions in the coming weeks.