The Rohingya are a Muslim minority group who have been residing in the area formerly known as Arakan State (now Rakhine State in western Myanmar) since before the 16th century. Since the introduction of the 1982 Citizenship Act, implemented by the formerly ruling military in the country, they have no longer been recognized as citizens by their own government and have been rendered stateless. They have been stripped of their citizenship and denied their political and human rights. Today, there are roughly 3 million Rohingya scattered across the globe who have no place to call home. According to UN statistics, the Rohingya are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Furthermore, recent investigations have pointed to a planned, decades-long genocide committed by the Myanmar military and government against the Rohingya.

Even with a supposedly democratic party taking office in November of 2015, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar government has done nothing to quell the severe human rights abuses that the Rohingya face on a daily basis. The Rohingya need our help. The genocide must end. The Rohingya must be recognized.

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