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A strong message from Europe

  • Published at 12:04 am September 21st, 2019
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The European Parliament has thrown its weight behind the matter, and Myanmar must begin to cooperate

It is a great relief to see the European Parliament passing a resolution, urging the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Myanmar -- and about time as well.

The resolution, which was passed earlier this week on Thursday with an overwhelming majority, should prove to send an important message to the rest of the world that enough is enough; the Myanmar regime has enjoyed impunity for far too long.

While it is no surprise that the Myanmar government has been notoriously uncooperative about investigations regarding this issue -- denying access multiple times to investigators and journalists over the years -- the European Parliament has thrown its weight behind the matter, and Myanmar must begin to cooperate.

This is particularly true in the wake of a recent UN independent fact-finding mission to Myanmar, which identified more than 150 individuals suspected of being involved in numerous international crimes. 

Therefore it has become more important to continue to put more pressure on the Myanmar government to allow further investigations.

While the general lack of concrete action from the international community -- to bring to book those responsible for the Rohingya crisis -- so far has indeed been nothing if not inadequate, the European Parliament’s condemnation of the Myanmar government is a good and necessary step to bring to light the atrocities that Myanmar has committed over the years.

What Myanmar must do now is what both the UN and the European Parliament have already iterated: Create conditions and guarantees for the safe, voluntary, dignified, and sustainable return of the Rohingya who wish to return to their native land.