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EU parliament calls on Myanmar to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims


Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have demanded that Myanmar’s military immediately end the ongoing violence against the persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, adding to global pressure against the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

MEPs on Thursday called on Suu Kyi to “condemn unequivocally” all incitement to racial and religious hatred against Rohingya Muslims.

The resolution backed by MEPs “strongly urges the military and security forces to immediately cease the killings, harassment and rape of the Rohingya people, and the burning of their homes.”

It also calls on the EU to make it clear it is prepared to consider sanctions against the Southeast Asian country if human rights abuses continue.

British MEP Amjad Bashir said, “Myanmar has taken extreme action against the whole Rohingya community in response to the terrorist actions of a few individuals. They have gone well beyond an acceptable response.”

“We have put Myanmar on notice that unless the persecution and violence stops, we will take action,” he added.

This comes as chilling accounts have emerged from Rohingya refugees telling of Myanmar soldiers firing on civilians and razing entire villages in Rakhine with the help of Buddhist mobs.

The latest resolution by the 28-nation bloc will put international pressure on Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi to condemn the army campaign, which the UN says amounts to “ethnic cleansing.”

Suu Kyi has already been pilloried by rights groups for failing to speak up for the Rohingya.

Critics have called for her to be stripped of her Nobel prize for failing to halt the strife.

Suu Kyi recently claimed that the widespread reports of killings and rapes against the Rohingya were fake news.

The violence, which has forced thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh, has sparked a humanitarian crisis on both sides of the border.

Date:September 14, 2017

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