European Parliament condemns practices against Muslim minority in Myanmar
European Parliament condemns recent crimes and widespread discrimination against albinos in Malawi, ongoing restrictions of fundamental democratic rights in Bahrain and practices that discriminate against Myanmar’s Muslim minority, in particular the Rohingya, in three resolutions voted on Thursday.
Whilst welcoming the peaceful transfer of power to Myanmar’s first non-military president since 1962 after the credible, competitive elections of November 2015, overwhelmingly won by the National League for Democracy (NLD), MEPs nonetheless stress that the gravity of the continuing persecution of certain minorities demands immediate remedies.
Parliament reiterates its deep concern about the plight of Rohingya in South-East Asia. This ethno-religious Muslim minority of about one million people is one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, officially stateless since the 1982 Burmese Citizenship Law and unwanted by the Myanmar authorities and by neighbouring countries. It calls for regional and international mobilisation to provide them with urgent assistance in their extremely vulnerable situation.
MEPs urge the authorities to, “as a matter of urgency, ensure free and unimpeded access to Rakhine State, where some 120,000 Rohingya remain in more than 80 internal displacement camps, for humanitarian actors, the United Nations, international human rights organisations, journalists and other international observers”.
The Myanmar government should condemn unequivocally all incitement to racial or religious hatred and implement specific measures and policies to prevent direct and indirect discrimination against the Rohingya in the future, adds the resolution.