EU should adopt targeted punitive sanctions in Myanmar | 2017-12-15 |

EU should adopt targeted punitive sanctions in Myanmar

Stop persecuting Rohingya, MEPs reiterate

UNB     15th December, 2017 02:24:39 printer

EU should adopt targeted punitive sanctions in Myanmar

The European Union (EU) and its member states should adopt targeted punitive sanctions as a matter of urgency against individuals responsible for perpetuating widespread human rights abuses in Myanmar, and extend the scope of the existing EU arms embargo against Myanmar, urged the Members of European Parliament (MEPs.)


They called on the EU foreign policy chief to significantly increase pressure on the Myanmar authorities and security services to end the violence and discrimination perpetrated against the Rohingya people.


MEPs renewed their call on the military and security forces in Myanmar to immediately cease the killings, harassment and rape of the Rohingya, according to a document UNB obtained from the EU.


Since August 2017, more than 646 000 Rohingya have fled for safety to neighbouring Bangladesh.


The total number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is expected to exceed 1 million by the end of 2017, says the resolution adopted by show of hands.


The European Parliament on Thursday renewed its call "for an immediate end to the violence, to the killing, harassment and rape of Rohingya people and to the destruction of their homes by the Myanmar security forces." 


It also urged the Myanmar government to condemn unequivocally all incitements to racial or religious hatred and combat social discrimination and hostilities against the Rohingya minority.


The EP urged the Myanmar government to work with international aid agencies, the EU and the UN to allow immediate, unhindered humanitarian access to Rakhine State; end the segregation of the Rohingya population; and immediately cease its use of landmines and remove all the mines already laid.