Hosted by: Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN), New England International Donors (NEID), and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), and co-hosted by HRFN’s Asia and Pacific Funders Working Group.
The Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority in Burma, have experienced persecution for decades. In recent months the situation has escalated with a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Burmese military resulting in over 600,000 people fleeing across the border to Bangladesh as their villages have been burned and hundreds have been killed, raped, and beaten. Funders have stepped up their grantmaking in this current period, but still see significant gaps in the response. There’s a need for additional funders to support the crisis as well as existing funders to coordinate and share information as the situation evolves.
Please join us for this timely and important call to increase donor awareness about the humanitarian crisis and to provide concrete opportunities for people to engage on the issue through policy, advocacy, and funding. This call will also provide a space for funders to start to share updates and analysis, assess needs, and collectively problem-solve and discuss new initiatives as they arise.
Speakers will include:
- Rachel Gore Freed, Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
- Jyoti Sanghera, Chief, Asia Pacific Section, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- David Angeles (moderator), Senior Program Officer, Civil and Political Rights, American Jewish World Service
- “THEY TRIED TO KILL US ALL” Atrocity Crimes against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Report by Fortify Rights and the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, November 2017)
- “CAGED WITHOUT A ROOF” Apartheid In Myanmar’s Rakhine State (Report by Amnesty International, November 2017)
- “Crimes Against Humanity by Burmese Security Forces Against the Rohingya Muslim Population in Northern Rakhine State since August 25, 2017” (Report by Human Rights Watch, September 2017)
If you need additional information, please email Rebecca Landy, Program Manager for Engagement, Human Rights Funders Network.