Described as the “Most Persecuted People on Earth” the Rohingya people have been facing decades of indiscrimination and torture at the hands of the government of Burma and Rakhine Buddhists.
The 1982 citizenship law resulted in the exclusion of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority living in the westernmost part of Burma. They are not included in the official list of 135 “national races” who are guaranteed full citizenship. The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi but Bangladesh says they’re Burmese. As a result, they’re effectively stateless.
Years of persecution, genocide and exile have left these people with little to hope for.
More than 400,000 Rohingya have fled and face severe restrictions on their movements, education and access to food while living in squalid camps.(Statistics until 18 September 2017)
Help us give a person more than just a bare life.
The Rohingya are human beings who deserve to be treated with dignity, yet, in the current international political order, it is not human beings per se that are subjects of states’ responsibility—as citizens are. Without citizenship, the Rohingya are denied “the right to have rights”.
Help Colours of Hope in the #MyRohingya Campaign by spreading awareness of this crisis as well as donating to this cause. Speak against injustice, show compassion by giving at least one Rohingyan some dignity.
Remembering a forgotten people.