Reports of a further wave of violence towards Rohingya Muslims in Burma have prompted the MP for Tooting, Sadiq Khan, to raise the issue again with the Foreign Secretary directly. You can read a copy of his letter to William Hague here.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said that she had received credible information that eight Rohingya Muslim men were attacked and killed in Du Chee Yar Tan village by local Rakhine on the 9th January. This was followed by a clash on 13th January in the same village
The UN believes at least 40 Rohingya Muslim men, women and children were killed, bringing the total to at least 48.
The Rohingya people are considered stateless and are rejected by both Burma and neighbouring Bangladesh.
At least 200 people were killed in fierce clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine state in 2012. Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims remain displaced in the wake of that violence, many still living in camps.
Sadiq Khan MP has made numerous representations to the Foreign Office since mid 2012 when the initial wave of violence began in the Rakhine State area of Burma - you can read more about this here.
Sadiq Khan MP, Shadow Justice Secretary and Shadow Minister for London said,
“I am extremely concerned by these new reports of violence as are many of my constituents. I have asked the Foreign Secretary to confirm what action is being taken to prevent further bloodshed and also what actions are being taken to bring about a cessation in hostilities.”
“The continued loss of life is unacceptable and I hope that the British Government will convey this to the authorities in Burma as soon as possible.”
“It is essential that the persecution of Rohingya Muslims ends now and I will continue to lobby the government on this matter until it does.”