Statement on Recent Escalation of Violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Burma said:

“I am deeply concerned about reports that nearly 400 people have been killed in the last week and close to 38,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in Rakhine State, Myanmar. I utterly condemn this escalation of violence over the last week and urge both the civilian-led and military-led sections of the Myanmar Government to immediately bring an end to the violence. 

Humanitarian organisations must urgently be granted access so that humanitarian relief can be delivered.

I call on the Foreign Secretary along with the international community especially through the United Nations to exert greater pressure on the Burmese Government in light of these reports and do everything they can to bring an end to the latest escalation of violence that has already cost lives and led to the displacement of thousands of civilians".

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