The Christmas Eve massacre will not be the last unless we act
Evidence is emerging that, on Christmas Eve, the Myanmar military massacred more than 30 civilians, including women and children, as part of its offensive in Karen State. It was reported that Burmese army troops rounded up ethnic Karen villagers, fatally shot more than 30, and burned the bodies. The international humanitarian group Save the Children confirmed that those murdered included two of their Burmese humanitarian relief staff.
It is vital that we ensure that 2022 is the last year of the Myanmar military’s brutal rule. In the past year, we’ve worked together to press our governments to impose sanctions on the Myanmar military. Moreover, your campaign of “citizen sanctions” has forced companies, such as beer giant Kirin and luxury jeweler Harry Winston to cut off their blood money payments to the Myanmar military. But, frankly, to organize the campaigns that can defeat the Myanmar military we need both your gifts of time and gifts of money.
This year, when the Myanmar people most needed help, you stepped up. You have built our Campaign for a New Myanmar into an over 200,000 person-strong community of solidarity with the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM).
Just this month, ten minutes after we delivered a 25,000+ signer petition to Harry Winston’s flagship store in Manhattan, the luxury jeweler announced that it would cease buying rubies and jade from Myanmar. And earlier in the week, Meta, Facebook’s parent company, announced that it will remove pages from its platform of companies owned or controlled by the Myanmar military. Your support proved vital in building these successful campaigns.
Your work has impressed the Meah Family Foundation and ARC of Justice, which is challenging you to match or exceed their year-end gifts of $15,000.
Your support will fund our campaigns this through year-end to:
- Organize the grassroots lobbying of governments to impose sanctions on Burma’s generals and their business empire as well as supporting the Civil Disobedience Movement and civil society in Myanmar;
- Put consumer, shareholder, and media pressure on corporations – such as oil giants Chevron, TotalEnergies, and POSCO – to end their business partnerships with Burma’s army;
- Organize students and faculty to press their campus to join the movement to end genocide in Burma and throughout the world;
- Promote “end genocide” bills in cities and states globally.
The International Campaign for the Rohingya – and our Campaign for a New Myanmar – receive 100% of our support from people like you. Your individual donations fuel our movement to support the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and our No Business With Genocide campaign that hits hard against the Burmese military’s business empire.