Today is Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah

On Yom HaShoah we remember the victims and celebrate the people who fought back Israel’s parliament (the Knesset) set the date for Yom HaShoah. The full name is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah“or the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” This year it starts at sundown on April 27 and goes through sundown on … Read more

Another year, another Genocide Awareness Month

genocide happens every day

When are we going to end genocide? April is Genocide Awareness Month. April was selected because of the number of genocides that started in April. The Rwandan, Armenian, and Iraqi Kurd genocides all started during this month. Genocide Awareness Month is crucial for educating the world about past and current genocides. As time passes, memories of … Read more

Want to end genocide? Here are some things you can do now.

Tell U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to recognize the genocide against the Rohingya: August 25, 2021 marked the four-year anniversary of the genocide against the Rohingya. The Myanmar military forced nearly 800,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. Now, the roughly 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Myanmar face the ongoing risk of genocide, while other ethnic … Read more

Genocide is always closer than we think

This appeared in the Gainesville Sun. This week, the Gainesville City Commission is set to bring up a resolution affirming its opposition to genocide. There are a few reasons this is important.  First of all, it provides the city a chance to promote the values of the people who live here. It also provides an … Read more

Rights groups renew call for Kirin to cut ties with military

This appeared in Myanmar Now. A coalition of rights groups renewed a call for Japanese beer giant Kirin to sever business ties with the military-owned conglomerate Myanma Economic Holdings (MEHL) Thursday morning.  Kirin is the majority owner in joint ventures with MEHL of the Myanmar Brewery and the Mandalay Brewery, together producing about 80% of … Read more

33 prominent figures, organizations call for release of photographer Abul Kalam

This appeared in the Dhaka Tribune. Abul Kalam was apprehended while taking photographs of buses departing the Kutupalong camps for Bhashan Char Well-known Bangladeshi and international human rights figures, lawyers, academics, filmmakers, photographers, journalists and human rights organizations have called for the release of Rohingya photographer Abul Kalam.  Thirty-three of them signed a press release … Read more

Myanmar military cracks down; what you can do.

It’s night in Myanmar now and the military is cracking down violently. In Myitkyina in Kachin State, soldiers have fired on pro-democracy protesters. All over Myanmar, the military has shut down the Internet and deployed armored vehicles apparently for use in mass arrests. Today, please strike back at this military crackdown by taking the following five … Read more

35 Organizations Urge Secretary Pompeo to Acknowledge Genocide Against Rohingya Ahead of Donor Conference

October 20, 2020 The Honorable Michael R. PompeoSecretary of StateU.S. Department of State2201 C Street NWWashington, D.C. 20520 Dear Secretary Pompeo, We write to you as 34 organizations deeply concerned about the plight of the Rohingya people. We are grateful that the United States will be co-hosting a global donor conference this month to rally … Read more

Press Release: Kirin Seeking “Alternatives” to its Partnerships with Myanmar Military

Media Release From International Campaign for the Rohingya For Immediate Release: June 5th, 2020 Kirin Seeking “Alternatives” to its Partnerships with Myanmar Military As part of its “strategic review” of its operations in Myanmar, Kirin announced today that it is “exploring alternative structural options” for the ownership of its breweries in Myanmar. Kirin’s breweries in … Read more

How we can pressure Kirin every day from our homes

We can pressure Kirin every day without even leaving our homes. Here’s how to do it. To recap, Kirin is in joint ventures, Myanmar Breweries and Mandalay Brewery, with the Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL), a Burmese military-owned conglomerate. Through its joint ventures, Kirin is legitimizing and funding the Myanmar military as it faces charges … Read more