Though an individual, you are not powerless to help end Myanmar’s 4-decades of slow-burning genocide of innocent Rohingya minority.
This 9 December, the International Genocide Day, we human rights activists worldwide are standing up for Myanmar’s oppressed communities: we are initiating an international “Boycott Myanmar Campaign”.
As you may be aware Myanmar is being taken to the International Court of Justice, the world court, by the Gambia for allegedly violating the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which the country ratified in 1956.
We are seeking your solidarity with and participation in our grassroots activism campaign to bear economic, cultural and popular pressure on Myanmar so that the coalition government of Aung San Suu Kyi and the military may end the country’s persecution, discrimination and violence against the country’s ethnic and religious minorities.
We are targeting iconic multinational corporations, genocide-indifferent governments and other organizations which are involved, directly or indirectly, in denying, dismissing and whitewashing Myanmar genocide and protecting Myanmar generals and civilian leaders who have blood on their hands.
Among the targets of our Boycott Myanmar Campaign are the government of Singapore and Singaporean corporate investors, the iconic CocaCola, and Japanese investors such as Japanese Tobacco International and Kirin Beer.
Japan continues to help Myanmar whitewash the Rohingya crisis
Japanese brewery gave donation to Myanmar army chief during Rohingya crisis
Besides our campaign’s aforementioned targets, we encourage you to undertake the following boycott actions.
You can do so in your own university, professional society, town, city, municipality, province country or region.
1) introduce resolutions that are aimed at cutting institutional ties with Myanmar and its organizations
2) initiate resolutions in your town or country that call for withdrawing honors and awards bes towned on Myanmar genocide defender Aung San Suu Kyi
3) adopt anti-apartheid-campaign-style purchasing policies that intentionally avoid commercial contracts with companies and investors profiting from Myanmar
4) table motions that declares Myanmar’s persecution of Rohingyas to be a textbook genocide, echoing the UN Fact-Finding Mission’s genocide conclusion
5) write emails to your national governments, urging the latter to officially support the Government of Gambia in its legal dispute with Myanmar at the International Court of Justice on grounds that Myanmar violates the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide6) campaign your professional societies and other organization not to engage in sports, cultural and educational engagements with Myanmar’s official institutions