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Burma: Stop the Next Rwanda --- TAKE ACTION NOW!

World  (tags: Burma, Rohingya, genocide, human rights, society, politics, world )

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Right now, the fate of Burma's Rohingya people is hanging by a thread. Racist thugs have distributed leaflets threatening to wipe out this small Burmese minority. Already children have been hacked to death and unspeakable murders committed.

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Lynn Squance (233)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:10 pm
The plight of the Rohingya is desperate!

Here is the e-mail I received today from AVAAZ:

Most people didn't know who the Rwandans were until it was too late, and 800,000 of them were dead. Right now, the fate of Burma's Rohingya people is hanging by a thread. Racist thugs have distributed leaflets threatening to wipe out this small Burmese minority. Already children have been hacked to death and unspeakable murders committed. All signs are pointing to a coming horror, unless we act.

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 the majority fear theyíre 'taking jobs away'. 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.

Burmese President Thein Sein has the power, personnel and resources to protect the Rohingya, all he has to do is give the word to make it happen. In days, heíll arrive in Europe to sell his countryís new openness to trade. If EU leaders greet him with a strong request to protect the Rohingya, heís likely to do it. Letís get 1 million voices and plaster images of whatís happening in Burma outside his meetings with key EU heads of state:

Torture, gang rape, execution style killings -- human rights groups are using the term "ethnic cleansing" to describe the brutality in Burma. Already more than 120,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee, many to makeshift camps near the border, while others have fled in boats only to drown, starve, or be shot at by coastguards from neighboring countries. Reports show that violence is escalating -- earlier this year President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency after another round of deadly attacks, and itís just a matter of time until there is a large scale massacre.

Genocides donít happen when governments oppose them, but the Burmese regime has been leaning the wrong way. Recently, a government spokesperson admitted that authorities were enforcing a rule that limits the Rohingya population to having only two children and forces couples seeking to get married to obtain special permission. And experts report that government authorities have stood by or even participated in acts of ďethnic cleansing.Ē President Sein has finally been forced to acknowledge whatís happening to the Rohingya, but he has so far refused to implement plans to stop the violence and protect those at risk.

Until he does, the risk of genocide hovers like a dark cloud over not just Burma, but the world. Through their trade relations, UK PM Cameron and French President Hollande have massive leverage with Sein -- if they press him to act when he meets with them this month, it could save lives. Letís make sure they do. We've failed too many peoples, let's not fail the Rohingya. Join the call now and share this with everyone:

Time and again, the Avaaz community has stood with the people of Burma in their fight for democracy. When the regime brutally cracked down on Buddhist monks in 2007, Avaazers donated hundreds of thousands of dollars/euros/pounds to provide technical support and training to activists to fight a communications blackout. In 2008, when a devastating cyclone killed at least 100,000 Burmese, but the venal military regime stopped all official international aid from coming in, our community donated millions directly to monks on the front line of the aid effort.

Our community didnít exist when genocide was committed in Rwanda, 20 years ago. Would we have done enough to stop it? Letís show the Rohingya our answer to that question.

With hope and determination,

Vicky P. (476)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:20 pm
noted and signed

Eternal Gardener (750)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:25 pm
Thanks Lynn, action already taken!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:28 pm
257,950 have signed. Let's get to 500,000

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:30 pm
Noted, signed and shared

JL A. (287)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:30 pm
signed earlier, noted now

Sheila D. (26)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 9:34 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Lynn.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 10:54 pm
Signed too

Fred Boulton (14)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 11:22 pm
Taken action, signed. Thanks for posting!

Giana Peranio-Paz (406)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 12:43 am
Problem with my computer.

Gloria picchetti (305)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 2:36 am

Sherri SicktilNovtwenthfour (128)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 2:46 am
Signed and Noted. TY Lynn

David Menard (43)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 3:07 am

Elizabeth O. (90)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 5:54 am

pam w. (138)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 5:56 am
Humans....ya' gotta' love 'em.


. (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 9:13 am
signed and noted - thank you Lynn

. (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 9:47 am

Beth FS (134)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 11:59 am
Noted and signed.

. (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 3:07 pm
Signed and sickened by what humans do. TY Lynn and Philip for the fwd

Fran F. (118)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 11:44 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks, Lynn.

Ana R (201)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 1:47 am
TU Lynn.

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (470)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 2:09 am
Nearing 3/4ths of the way to the goal of a million signatures.
Get your friends!

Natasha Salgado (671)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 2:11 am
Prev signed-noted-thx Lynn

caroline s. (81)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 3:55 am
Signed :-(

John B. (194)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 4:08 am
Thanks Lynn for posting the link here on C2NN. Signed earlier, post noted.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 6:35 am
Previously signed. Thanks.

Edwin M. (348)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 7:03 am
Signed, thank you Lynn

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 9:46 am
I had problems signing, but noted anyway. People have to learn to live side by side with each other, and respect each other.

Frances Darcy (231)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 1:20 pm

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Friday July 5, 2013, 8:27 am
Signed when I got the Avaaz message.

Robert O. (12)
Friday July 5, 2013, 12:12 pm
So heartbreaking. Have signed. Thank you Lynn.

Genoveva M G. (338)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 12:03 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Lynn
BTW After I signed, they show a picture of some children, all their little faces look so sad, made me think, how can the adults victimized ALL innocents? I will never know.

ellen m. (220)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1:23 am
Signed and shared the second I got this from Avaaz last week - thanks

Sherri SicktilNovtwenthfour (128)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 4:05 am
Signed, noted, shared, tweeted. TY Lynn

Lisa Neste (751)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:19 am
Signed, thanks Lynn.

Julie E. (373)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:31 am
It looks like I already signed.
What a horrible thing to be happening to these people. Thanks Lynn.

Lisa sick Windsor (149)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 9:00 am
Signed and noted, ty Lynn!

Gina Caracci (223)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1:19 pm
I just dont understand the hate for another....when will it STOP???
SIGNED and noted
TY Lynn

Leslie Stanick (102)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 11:58 pm
Thank you for posting. Wonder why I didn't receive this from AVAAZ. Signed, and posted on Facebook, will email my friends and colleagues. I visited Burma in 1980. I fell in love with the people, their gentleness, the Buddhist monks and nuns, some just children in looked like they were living the Buddha's teachings of ahimsa, non-violence, in a most gentle way. This recent violence is a tragedy, waiting to explode. I pray that through compassionate action, this can be averted. Please email your friends, family and colleagues and ask them to sign the petition. It may save a life.

Eternal Gardener (750)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 2:00 am
Noted Lynn, previously signed!

Kim O. (395)
Friday July 12, 2013, 12:56 am
Signed for sure! Thanks Lynn

Lona Goudswaard (83)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 4:00 am
S&N. I'm so glad, Lynn, that you referred me to this page so I could sign. Thanks.

Susanne R. (249)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 6:51 am
Signed and noted. Thank you for posting this, Lynn!

Sue H. (1)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 9:11 am
noted, previously signed
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