Inaction Will Enable Further Abuse of Vulnerable Rohingya
(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should take prompt, concerted, and effective international action to respond to Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, Human Rights Watch and 80 other nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint appeal to the council.
Leading American Jewish organization calls on the United States Government to act immediately
Statement of Robert Bank, President and CEO of American Jewish World Service:
Violence, oppression and social unrest have erupted in Burma in the wake of the country's recent elections, which are considered by many to be neither free nor fair in representing the will of the Burmese people.
The reaction to the elections builds upon nearly half a century of political repression and human rights abuses that have torn apart the fabric of Burmese society.
Armed conflict has broken out in several regions along the Thailand-Burma border as a result of escalating tensions between Burma's military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), and …
New York, NY; August 18, 2009- AJWS has recently awarded more than $3.2 million to 151 grassroots project partners in 28 countries. The new grants are divided into five categories, which include sustainable livelihoods and development, community health, community voice, education for all, and community engagement in conflict and emergencies. They provide funding to organizations in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
AJWS's mission is to alleviate poverty, hunger and disease among people in developing countries regardless of race, religion or nationality.
On May 2, 2008, a category four cyclone devastated Burma's* Irrawaddy River Delta, killing 140,000(1) people and leaving more than a million homeless. The disaster brought the world's attention to the human rights abuse inflicted by Burma's military junta, the SPDC.
February 24, 2009; New York, NY- American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has recently awarded more than $5.7 million to 224 grassroots project partners in 33 countries. This total marks an increase of nearly $2 million over its last grants review in June. The new grants are divided into five categories, which include sustainable livelihoods and development, community health, community voice, education for all, and community engagement in conflict and emergencies.
The cyclone that hit Burma (Myanmar) in early May has only complicated an already appalling humanitarian crisis within the country. With half a million people displaced inside the country due to decades of armed conflict, coupled with an estimated 128,000 dead from the cyclone, Burma needs the world's attention and support now more than ever.
AJWS is currently hosting a speakers' series with Naw Htoo Paw, a human rights activist with Karen Women's Organization (KWO), an AJWS grantee.
The effects of Cyclone Nargis, which ripped through Burma(1) (Myanmar) on May 2, are continuing to cause destruction throughout the country. While the official death toll has risen to 32,000, aid agencies estimate that the number of dead could be as high as 100,000. At least one million are currently homeless, and up to 2 million are at risk of hunger and disease.
The death toll from Cyclone Nargis, which hit Burma this weekend, has topped 22,000. Almost 40,000 people are reported as missing, thousands are homeless and many more have been injured in the aftermath of the devastation. In the delta coast, particularly the Irrawaddy region, 95 percent of homes have been destroyed.
Defending Democracy Burma's Struggle for Human Rights, Freedom and Justice
"Peace and stability have been restored in Myanmar, and life has returned to normal all over the country." Thus spoke the UN envoy to Burma, Kyaw Tint Swe, to the United Nations Security Council on November 13. Unfortunately, Swe's comments do not reflect the reality of the situation on the ground in Burma, where AJWS is working closely with those fighting for democracy and human rights.
In August and September of 2007, mass demonstrations swept across Burma.
American Jewish World Service has awarded more than $2 million in grants to 109 organizations in 29 countries in the developing world in its most recent grant review.
These recent grants, totaling $2,380,530, reinforce AJWS' mission of alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world. Grants are made to community-based groups with yearly budgets of less than $200,000 and few, if any, other sources of support.
Wedged between emerging superpowers India and China, Burma often goes ignored in the face of other more publicized human rights crises, despite nearly half a century of state violence and oppression.
AJWS is providing humanitarian aid to the people affected by the tsunami caused by one of the worst natural disasters in history.
More than 150,000 people are now known to have died, and millions of people have been left homeless in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Burma, and Maldives.
AJWS is sending humanitarian aid to the people affected by the tsunami caused by the world's largest earthquake in 40 years.
More than 22,000 people are known dead; thousands are still missing, and hundreds of thousands are left displaced and homeless in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Burma, and Maldives.