Call It Genocide: Act for the Rohingya

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken


Four years ago, Myanmar’s soldiers targeted, killed, and raped Rohingya and burned their villages, as the United Nations, Refugees International, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the U.S. State Department itself, and many others have documented. Nearly 800,000 Rohingya refugees fled the genocidal violence. Now, the roughly 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Myanmar face the ongoing risk of genocide and other ethnic and religious minorities - such as the Kachin, Karen, and the Shan - face further mass atrocities by the Myanmar military. However, the United States has yet to make a determination and publicly declare that these crimes are genocide.


We’re calling on the U.S. State Department to make a determination and publicly declare that genocide and crimes against humanity were committed against the Rohingya.


Submit the form on this page. Scroll down for the petition draft that will be sent to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.


Please share the petition with your friends. On Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, use these hashtags: #CallItGenocide #ActForRohingya

For Further Reading:

"90+ Organizations Urge a Rohingya Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide Determination," Refugees International, 10 August 2021

"International Community Must Press Myanmar to Comply With International Court of Justice Ruling," International Campaign for the Rohingya, 23 January 2020

"Documenting Atrocity Crimes Committed Against the Rohingya on Myanmar's Rakhine State," Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), December 2018

"Burma's Path to Genocide," United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Petition by
Simon Billenness
Washington, District of Columbia
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To: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
From: [Your Name]

Dear Secretary Blinken,

We write to urge the U.S. Department of State to publicly determine that the state of Myanmar has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya people. The evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity is clear and convincing and has been amply documented. In making such a determination, the United States would help lead the world in holding the state of Myanmar accountable for grave abuses and in preventing further atrocities.

Beyond enhancing international accountability efforts, a U.S. government determination of genocide and crimes against humanity would subject Myanmar and its military to much needed international scrutiny at a time when the military continues to target Rohingya and other civilians in Myanmar. In the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic that is the predominant focus of governments around the world, a determination would also help to ensure continued international attention on the plight of the Rohingya, while enabling the United States to mobilize additional diplomatic and economic pressure on Myanmar to shift its behavior. This attention could offer a measure of protection for the Rohingya and others in Myanmar. It would also represent an expression of solidarity with the governments of Bangladesh and other refugee hosting countries, signaling the United States is committed both to accountability and supporting conditions for safe and voluntary return when conditions so permit.

Such a determination would be wholly consistent with findings of the Department of State, which concluded that the attacks on the Rohingya were “well-planned and coordinated” and that they were "extreme, large-scale, widespread, and seemingly geared toward both terrorizing the population and driving out the Rohingya residents." The law group engaged by the State Department to investigate atrocities against the Rohingya conducted its own legal analysis and found reasonable grounds to believe that genocide was committed. A UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission similarly found “a pattern of conduct that infers genocidal intent on the part of the State to destroy the Rohingya, in whole or in part, as a group.” The Fact Finding Mission has further warned, “The State of Myanmar continues to harbour genocidal intent and the Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide.”

Now is the time to use the words that fit the crimes. U.S. leadership matters. We call upon you to demonstrate the moral leadership and courage necessary to push global action in the face of genocide.