OUR STRATEGIC GOALS
1: Recognition of the Situation as a Genocide.
Genocide is defined in Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948) as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."
Burma Task Force Canada was established by the Canadian-based nonprofit Task Force on Peace and Justice 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.
- Successful advocacy campaign resulting in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland speaking up about the Rohingya
- Numerous meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 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 Canada
- 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 across Canada in partnership with other advocacy groups.