European Parliament passes resolution on Rohingya crisis

CAPTION: An overpopulated IDP camp outside Sittwe. Tens of thousands of Rohingya who fled their homes in June 2012 now reside in such camps. PHOTO: Human Rights Watch

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday condemning the "grave violations of human rights and the violence perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Burma/Myanmar."

The resolution urges the Myanmar government and its society "to act immediately to end the human rights abuses against the Rohingya Muslims and to bring the perpetrators of the violent attacks and other related abuses to justice."
Furthermore, the European Parliament urged the Myanmar government to stop discriminatory policies against the Rohingya Muslims such as the two-child regulation.

British MP Sajjad Karim, who drafted the resolution, expressed his delight over its adoption by the European Parliament. "This is a further step towards putting greater pressure on President U Thein Sein and to force him to stop the atrocities being carried out in his country," he said in a press release.

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