Since 2017, our Washington DC staff has worked to inform policymakers regarding the persecution and genocidal policies in Burma. In early 2018, Justice for All developed a parallel partnership for interfaith coalition building as part of the Faith Coalition Against Genocide. We have also increasingly emphasized inter-ethnic solidarity among leaders in the Burmese diaspora, convening meetings and conferences.
In summer 2018, the State Department released a strong report on the Rohingya and in late 2018 the House of Representatives passed a strong resolution on Burma with a 394 to 1 vote. Through organized advocacy days on the Hill, as well as the help of DC based consultants, we have worked to pass legislation in Congress, including sanctions, and to ensure effective language is included in the appropriations bills. While working to build awareness on a grassroots level, we have also maintained our regular presence at the United Nations.
To respond to emerging crises, we developed the Save Uighur program in early 2019 and helped organize rallies and panels in partnership with Uighur leadership in the USA. We also organized Kashmir programmimg while also continuing to raise awareness of the plight of Muslim and other minorities in India. Along with productive meetings with officials, and organizational letters involving Nobel Prize winners and prominent NGOs, our Petition asking the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation not to honor Prime Minister Modi gained more than 100,000 signatures.