Our Mission

 

Burma Task Force USA was established by the US-based nonprofit  Justice for All in August 2013 to achieve the following goals:

 

  • To stop the genocide of the Rohingya Muslim minority group and the persecution of other ethnic groups;

  • To oppose all Burmese policies that restrict basic rights of marriage, travel, education, and voting;

  • To promote acceptance of the Rohingya as an ethnic group of Burma; the Burmese President should withdraw his statement that Rohingyas should be settled in a third country.

  • To open doors for relief organizations to work in Rakhine State and throughout Burma

  • To improve the treatment of the Rohingya refugees in India, Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh;

  • To promote dialogue and encourage diverse interfaith and community leaders to oppose the extremism and nationalism of the 969 Movement in Burma;

  • To achieve full freedom of religion by re-opening all mosques, permitting Muslims to marry and to have children, with restoration of full citizenship through canceling the1982 law which makes them stateless.

  • To dismantle concentration camps and re-settle internally displaced people in their villages with confiscated property returned or a mutually agreeable price paid in full;

  • To legally charge with war crimes police officers and soldiers or anyone who raped women or participated in ethnic cleansing. Impunity leads to more violence.

  • To provide access to media, to international relief organizations, and to human rights organizations;

  • To support an emerging democratic system that does not exclude certain ethnic groups; and to ensure that international investors prioritize human rights in economic development.

 

Our Work

 

  • Successful advocacy campaign resulting in President Obama speaking up about the Rohingya during his trip to Burma

  • Numerous meetings with US State Department, elected officials, NGOs  and representatives of different UN agencies.

  • Discussions with Refugee and Human Rights organizations to improve the treatment of Rohingya refugees in India, Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh;

  • Sustained campaign of pressure on the Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to speak up for minority rights of Muslims through solidarity demonstrations whereever she traveled in the US

  • Strategic Planning meetings with OIC Ambassador, Envoy and other leaders.

  • Outreach to Muslim community leaders and scores of Mosques nationwide

  • Outreach to cultural workers, artists and musicians to raise awareness of oppression of Rohingya culture;

  • Dialogue activities with Buddhist communities to build trust and publicly confront the extremist 969 movement.

  • About 100,000 people receive our action alert called “Burma Alert.” Averaging twice a month.

  • Strong social media advocacy with over 140,000 people who follow us on Facebook.

  • Media regularly receives our letters about Burmese Muslims; for example so that instead of calling “communal riots” they clearly distinguish the attackers from the victims.And instead of repeating the government version of Rohingyas being illegal Bengalis, reporters  include Rohingya historical claims, ie  that they are living in their ancestral land.

  • Workshops, roundtable and academic conferences organized in multifaith and academic settings to educate diverse communities regarding the severity of anti-Rohingya policies;

  • Several demonstrations have been organized in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Toronto in partnership with other advocacy groups.

 

Our Members

 

Burma Task Force is a united effort of Muslims to stop genocide of Muslims in Burma. The following organizations are part of this coalition: Burmese Rohingya Association of North America, Free Rohingya Campaign, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA NY and Canada), Islamic Council of New England (ICNE), Islamic Organization of North America (IONA), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Justice For All, DawaNet, Majlis Shura of Atlanta, Michigan Muslim Community Council, Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), Muslim Leadership Council of New York and Muslim Peace Coalition.

 

 

 

Now Can You Help?

 

Remember, relief supplies are not reaching those in need. Our work is critical in opening up Burma for international media, human rights organizations and the international relief organizations. So please donate generously. This work is eligible for Zakat through the fi sabeelillah category of Zakat and is tax deductible.  The fiscal entity of Burma Task Force is "Justice for All", a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  The Tax ID for Justice for All is 36-4293503. 

 

Burma Task Force

27 E Monroe St

Suite 700

Chicago, IL 60603

 

 

 

 

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