Described by the United Nations as “the most friendless people in the world,” the Rohingya are a Muslim minority group in western Burma. Ever since being stripped of their citizenship by the Burma Citizenship Law in 1982, they have been denied basic human rights such as healthcare and education and been forced into “modern day concentration camps” by the Burmese military and Buddhist extremists.
Shortly after a commission chaired by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan unveiled a series of policy recommendations to the government of Burma in order to address these legitimate grievances, the Burmese military launched an aggressive and indiscriminate military crackdown against the Rohingya. Extrajudicial killings and arson attacks have caused thousands to flee and caused the United Nations to accuse the military of ethnic cleansing. Widely considered to be the group most at risk of genocide, it is more important than ever to join #RiseforRohingya, a fundraising campaign sponsored by STAND and the Nexus Fund to prevent genocide and promote peace in Burma.
100% of funds donated will be granted to the Young Leaders Center in Burma to: (1) support young leaders to be a part of the Peacemaker Training and Mentorship Program; (2) train these peacemakers to identify and respond to various threats to peace in their communities, focusing on the effects of hate speech; and (3) assist peacemakers in brainstorming, developing, and implementing projects to build peace and tolerance in their communities, allowing different groups to develop friendships and learn from each other