(WASHINGTON D.C., March 21, 2022)—On March 21, 2022, the U.S. government issued a determination that Myanmar’s military committed genocide against the Rohingya. In his speech, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken cited Fortify Rights’s research as a factor influencing the determination, saying:
Fortify Rights has long advocated for the U.S. government to issue a genocide determination for military-led attacks against the Rohingya. This includes the publication of our 2018 report “They Gave Them Long Swords,” two joint letters with Refugees International to Blinken, and multiple advocacy meetings with U.S. State Department officials, U.S. National Security Council, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, as well as U.S. Ambassador at the Office of Global Criminal Justice.
On March 25, 2022, 11 Rohingya camp-based refugee groups in developing a statement welcoming the U.S. government’s determination. The statement reads, in part:
Fortify Rights provided editorial support to the refugee groups involved in developing the statement.