Campaigning MEP Amjad Bashir today welcomed an overwhelming vote in the European Parliament demanding that Mayamar should bring an immediate end to the persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority – or face international sanctions as punishment.
Mr Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, produced a hard-hitting report for the parliament earlier this year on statelessness and plight of the Rohingyas, and helped negotiate the urgent resolution which won cross-party support in Strasbourg today (Thurs).
It demands an immediate end to ethnic cleansing, re-integration of all Rohingya in Myanmar with full citizenship rights, and access for human rights organisations, aid agencies, the United Nations and journalists to the region from which more than 300,000 Rohingya have fled across the border.
As well as warning that the EU should stand ready to impose economic sanctions if the terror continues, the resolution raises the possibility of stripping the Burmese Sakharov Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of the prize the Parliament awarded her in 1990.
Mr Bashir said: “Some of us would have wished for a still stronger resolution, but this represents a unified and determined response from this parliament. It sends a strong message about the need for constraint to the authorities in Myanmar.
“I would like to think that the international community will translatel its words quickly into firm action in the form of sanctions if Myanmar does not comply. We cannot wait months or years.
“Trade can never live with tyranny. Cruelty is no culture for commerce.
“My fear is that unless there is an immediate and effective global response, there will no longer be any Rohingyas left in Myanmar for us to help.”