Britain has been urged to publicly press the Burmese government to “immediately stop all abuses”, as MPs voiced fresh concerns over the Rohingya crisis.
Labour’s Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green and Bow) expressed frustration at the UK Government’s diplomatic response and warned the “crisis happened on our watch” in Burma, also known as Myanmar.
The United Nations has reported more than 700,000 Rohingya people have fled the country to Bangladesh due to “widespread and systematic ethnic violence” since August 2017.
The Burmese military has faced allegations of committing abuse, rape and murder of the predominantly Muslim Rohingya while also destroying their homes and villages.
Ms Ali, opening the backbench business debate, told the Commons: “When asked in a parliamentary debate last year, the minister of state said that if the United Nations determined genocide then of course the United Kingdom Government will be the first to be supportive of taking these matters to the international criminal court.
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“Twelve months later and there has still been very little progress.
“The Prime Minister called explicitly last November for more action and said the humanitarian crisis is something the Burmese authorities and especially the military must take full responsibility for.
Sep 26, 2020Bangladesh will bring the unresolved Rohingya crisis before the global leaders today (Saturday) apparently reminding everybody of the failure to find a durable solution to the crisis amid Myanmar’s non-fulfilment of repatriation pledge, officials said, reports UNB. Bangladesh will also seek genuine efforts from the global community to help Rohingyas return to their place of […]