British MPs call for intensifying pressure on Myanmar

Sun Online Desk

10th December, 2016 09:59:48 printer

British MPs call for intensifying pressure on Myanmar

Rohingya Muslims are loathed by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar who see them as illegal immigrants and call them "Bengali", even though they have lived there for generations

UK government urged by a cross-party group of 70 British parliamentarians to ‘intensify pressure’ on the Myanmar government and allow full humanitarian access to Rohingya Muslims in the North Rakhine State of Myanmar.

The British parliamentarians including co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for Burma Rushanara Ali MP came up with the call in a letter to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.


They called on the letter “Together with the international community, the UK government must intensify its pressure on the Myanmar government to allow full humanitarian access to the Rohingya.”

The letter, dated December 7, said there currently exists an urgent need to prevent further violations of the Rohingya’s human rights.

With the UN estimating that 30,000 people are already displaced, many of the Rohingya are crossing the border into Bangladesh to join the thousands of Rohingya refugees already seeking asylum, it reads.

“We condemn any reprisal attacks that have followed the recent incidents of violence on the Myanmar border and call for an immediate end to the targeted use of violence of an already persecuted religious minority,” the parliamentarians wrote.