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EU leaders call for immediate action to end persecution against Rohingyas

  • Published at 01:40 pm December 15th, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:26 pm December 15th, 2017
EU leaders call for immediate action to end persecution against Rohingyas
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)  have called for immediate action to end the "ethnic cleansing" in Myanmar. According to an official press release on Thursday, the European Parliament has renewed its call "for an immediate end to the violence, to the killing, harassment and rape of Rohingya people and to the destruction of their homes by the Myanmar security forces.” EU also urged the Myanmar government to “condemn unequivocally all incitement to racial or religious hatred and combat social discrimination and hostilities against the Rohingya minority; work with international aid agencies, the EU and the UN to allow immediate, unhindered humanitarian access to Rakhine State; end the segregation of the Rohingya population; and immediately cease its use of landmines and remove all mines already laid.” The press release also reveals that the EU thinks that its member states should adopt disciplinary sanctions against the perpetrators of violence and “human rights abuses” in Myanmar. The MEPs urged for an existing EU arms embargo against Myanmar. They also addressed the EU foreign policy chief “to significantly increase pressure on the Myanmar authorities and security services” to end the persecution and discrimination perpetrated against the Rohingyas. According to a UN estimate, as of December 9, at least 646,000 Rohingya refugees had entered Bangladesh from the Rakhine state of Myanmar to escape a military crackdown which began on August 25.