Visiting UK delegation of Conservative Friends of Bangladesh, led by Anne Main, MP, on Thursday termed Myanmar government’s crackdown against Rohingyas as ‘ethnic cleansing’, adding that they expected more from Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech to address the issue.
The UK delegation also praised Bangladesh saying that it does a great job allowing and sheltering Rohingyas fled from violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
‘Situation is still intolerable.... There is no question in my mind this is ethnic cleansing,’ said British MP Will Quince, one of the delegation member.
He said the global community will have to pressure on Myanmar government to ensure safety of Rohingya people and take them back to their homelands.
Anne Main, MP, also chairman of All Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh, said Rohingya people are fleeing terrible persecution in Myanmar. ‘We’ve been shocked. We’ve seen horrific things in hearts and horrific things in the camps. This people have been driven out of the country and have been abandoned by Burma.’
She said they have talked to some women who shared that their children and husbands were killed in front of them.
Noting that some 420,000 to 430,000 Rohingyas entered into Bangladesh, another delegation member Paul Scully MP said Bangladesh government is doing a great job by allowing in Rohingyas and providing them with shelter.
‘It just absolutely unimaginable and we’re very impressed with the Bangladeshi government. The UN, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and all the other different countries that are coming together quickly to help the Rohingyas,’ Scully said.
Terming it a manmade crisis, he said they (the British delegation) had expected more clarity from the speech Suu Kyi delivered on Tuesday.
Paul Scully said the world community absolutely needs to put pressure on commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s armed forces Min Aung Hlaing. ‘He is the guy who can stop this.’
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