Minister will push Burma for humanitarian access to ‘ethnic cleansing’ state
Mark Field will reiterate the UK’s call for the Burmese government and military to ensure full humanitarian access to Rakhine State.
The Asia minister will use a visit to Burma to urge the country to allow humanitarian access to a region where Rohingya Muslims have suffered what “looks like ethnic cleansing” according to Theresa May.
Mark Field will reiterate the UK’s call for the Burmese government and military to ensure full humanitarian access to Rakhine State when he attends the Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) in the south-east Asian country on Monday.
Over 335,000 Rohingya refugees live in Kutupalong Extension area in Bangladesh. This overcrowding brings risks of:— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) November 18, 2017
-Sexual and Gender Based Violence
-Health and sanitation issues
The Prime Minister earlier this month described images of young Rohingya children “emaciated and pleading for help” as “heartbreaking” and suggested that violence against them “looks like ethnic cleansing”.
Attacks on Rohingya villages began in August and have prompted more than 618,000 people to flee into Bangladesh.
Great to see Bangladesh Foreign Sec Shahidul Haque again for important talks on Rohingya and bilateral ties pic.twitter.com/96exkbwgag— Mark Field MP (@MarkFieldUK) November 2, 2017
Mr Field said ahead of the summit in Nay Pyi Taw: “ASEM is an important forum that allows us to confront challenges ranging from regional and global security to climate change and migration.
“I could not attend without raising the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State and reiterating the international community’s call for the Burmese government and military to urgently ensure full humanitarian access, allow the return of refugees and protect civilians.
“We need swift action to prevent further suffering.”