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Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales recently announced that he will not renew the mandate of a powerful UN-backed commission set up to combat corruption in the country, the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) – a body that is currently investigating President Morales for alleged illegal campaign financing. In response, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) President and CEO Robert Bank issued the following statement:

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I am elated today because our grantee partners in India have achieved an historic victory for LGBTI rights. Earlier today, the Indian Supreme Court struck down a colonial-era law that criminalized consensual sex between same sex adults. As India is home to nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, this single ruling removes the threat of …Read More

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It’s been a decade since Maria Hererra’s sons disappeared. First, Jesús Salvador and Raúl. Then Gustavo and Luis Armando, who had gone looking for their missing brothers. Maria may never know what happened to them. When I met her earlier this month, she spoke of her sons in the present tense—even though she, like so …Read More

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Global Jewish human rights group endorses call for accountability from UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar NEW YORK, NY – “In a welcome move, today’s report by the UN Fact-Finding Mission calls for Burma’s military leaders to be investigated for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed against the Rohingya community, and to …Read More

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Global Jewish human rights group endorses call for accountability from UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar NEW YORK, NY – “In a welcome move, today’s report by the UN Fact-Finding Mission calls for Burma’s military leaders to be investigated for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed against the Rohingya community, and to …Read More

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The Torah teaches: “If you see a donkey of someone you hate struggling with its burden, and you are hesitant to help that person—you must help that person.”

The post Awaken! Shofars Around the World Are Calling for Justice: A High Holidays Reflection appeared first on American Jewish World Service - AJWS.

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As human rights leaders, one a Rohingya and the other an American Jew, we retain hope that the U.S. Government can still be a positive force in foreign policy for the benefit of the Rohingya people.

The post The United States Must Act Now to Save the Rohingya appeared first on American Jewish World Service - AJWS.

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One year ago, the Burmese military unleashed a coordinated campaign of unspeakable violence on the Rohingya people of Burma—burning villages, murdering civilians, raping women and girls and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee to Bangladesh. Over 700,000 Rohingya people now live in dangerous overcrowded and under-resourced refugee camps in Bangladesh. A year after this crisis …Read More

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“As the leading global Jewish human rights organization, which has been supporting advocates for the human rights of ethnic minorities in Burma since 2002, AJWS welcomes the U.S. Government’s announcement today that it is imposing sanctions and visa restrictions on Burmese military leaders and divisions responsible for horrific violence against the Rohingya people in Burma,” said Robert Bank, President and CEO of AJWS.

The post AJWS Responds to New U.S. Sanctions on Burmese Military appeared first on American Jewish World Service - AJWS.

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On My Mind as I Head to the Mexican Border This week, I’m heading to the border. I’m going because this summer I’ve felt devastated by news of the barbaric treatment of immigrants and refugees who have crossed into our country, as I’m sure you have as well. Each painful headline has hit me hard. …Read More

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