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CAIR-Florida Calls on Tampa Bay Residents to Rally Against Genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma

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(Tampa FL, 9/14/2017) - On Saturday, September 16, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, will co-sponsor a rally called "Never Again, Happening Again: Protesting the Genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma."
 
What:     Never Again, Happening Again: Protesting the Genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma
When:    September 16, 2017; 12-2pm
Where:   Curtis Hixon Park
 
A letter by Aida Mackic, CAIR-Florida Interfaith and Youth Programs Coordinator: 
 
The Rohingya people are an ethnic group In Burma that have historic ties to their land going back for centuries. The doors to persecuting the Rohingya were opened when a 1982 law was enacted that did not recognize them as one of Burma's legitimate ethnicities thereby making them stateless. The discriminatory laws set in place allowed for mobs to slaughter the Rohingya while the police turned a blind eye, and failed to  intervene making matters worse. Over 1 million Rohingya have been kicked out of their homes and are trying to escape rape, torture, and death by going to nearby Bangladesh which is not prepared to welcome them. Their struggle does not end when they leave Burmese soil but rather many more hardships come in their way. The United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights states that the situation of the Rohingya people is a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing."
 
Americans need to stand up and demand that the Rohingya people be given equal rights as citizens of their country, and equal protection under the law. We want to put the spotlight on the Rohingya people, and pressure the Burmese government into taking immediate action to put an end to their human rights violations.
 
Come out and help spread awareness in a demonstration for Rohingya at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa. 
 
Thank you,
Aida Mackic
 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CONTACT:
 
CAIR-Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305.502.6749