Interfaith solidarity for Burma & Human Rights
In early 2018, Justice for All announced the creation of a new partnership, the Faith Coalition to Stop Genocide in Burma. The Coalition is building new bridges for interfaith cooperation, most extensively with Jewish and Evangelical Christian leaders.
To start the program, we were able to send interfaith delegations to witness the miserable conditions of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In addition, on February 28 the Faith Coalition organized a “Rohingya Advocacy Day,” leading to over 100 participants visiting the offices of 60 U.S. senators and congressional representatives. Staff has also met with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee and continues dialogue with policymakers. We also organized a press conference during the State Department conference on Religious Freedom in July 2018. Faith leaders have met with the Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, written to the US President as well as met senators and representatives. All of these efforts have led to a stronger political partnership on an issue of universal human rights and basic morality.
Kachin Christians faced severe abuse in 2018, including bombing of churches and rape by Burmese soldiers, and the Faith Coalition worked to promote solidarity among diverse Burmese ethnicities. In June, Faith Coalition convened a meeting of Karen, Kachin and Rohingya leaders both to encourage cooperation and to guide leaders in Congressional outreach. Since that time, there have been ongoing engagement and coordination among leaders.