Theresa May has strongly condemned the crisis in Myanmar which ‘looks like ethnic cleansing’ of Muslims. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have poured over the border into Bangladesh, with harrowing stories of starvation, rape, and loss of their homes. The Rohingya people who live in western Rakhine state are a minority in the mainly Buddhist nation and are being driven out by a government which denies their right to citizenship. The country’s military and governing authorities ‘must take full responsibility’, Theresa May has said. She described images of young Rohingya children ’emaciated and pleading for help’ as ‘heartbreaking’.
She pledged that Britain would continue to play a ‘leading role’ to stop the violence in Rohingya villages which began in August, prompting more than 600,000 people to cross the border into Bangladesh. Addressing the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the City of London’s Guildhall, Mrs May said the UK must ‘step up our efforts to respond to the desperate plight of Rohingyas – brought home to us again on our TV screens so graphically today, with heart-breaking images of young children emaciated and pleading for help’. She went on: ‘This is a major humanitarian crisis which looks like ethnic cleansing. And it is something for which the Burmese authorities – and especially the military – must take full responsibility.
Nov 15, 2018Hundreds of thousands of Muslim-majority Rohingya who fled Myanmar, citing rape, murder and arson, will not be forcibly repatriated, Bangladesh’s Rohingya Relief and Repatriation Commissioner has said. “No one will be forced back to Myanmar,” Abul Kalam told Al Jazeera. Bangladesh is scheduled to send back an initial group of 2,260 Rohingya from 485 families, in […]
Nov 05, 2018