Following news of recent violence in Meiktila in central Burma and a new report published by Human Rights Watch which suggested the Burmese authorities were complicit in acts of violence, Sadiq Khan MP sought Foreign Office assurances that all efforts were being made to put an end to violence in Burma.
Sadiq has raised his concerns for the plight of minority groups, including the Rohingya Muslims, with the Foreign Office on numerous occasions.
In this latest response Foreign Minister Hugo Swire MP assured Sadiq that the Government continues ‘to raise the plight of the Rohingya and the protection and promotion of human rights, including religious freedoms in Burma, at every opportunity.”
In the Government’s response, Hugo Swire MP said that the Government will be examining the detail of the Rakhine Investigative Commission’s recently published report so that they can discuss the possible implementation of its many recommendations with the Burmese government.
With further news today of a boat carrying up to 200 people capsizing as it evacuated Rohingya Muslims away from temporary camps to avoid Cyclone Mahasen – Sadiq continues to call on the British Government to make every effort to end violence in Burma and address the growing humanitarian crisis as tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya Muslims live in temporary camps in unsanitary conditions.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“I welcome these assurances from the Government but remain extremely concerned that violence towards the Muslim Rohingya is still ongoing and is causing unnecessary bloodshed and suffering. It is crucial that this violence ends immediately.
“I will continue to urge the British government to use all of its influence to end this savage treatment of the Rohingya community by the Burmese authorities as a matter of urgency.
“The Burmese Government need to feel the strength of concern of the international community and the British people towards the treatment of minority religions in Burma.”