Friday, 10 August 2012

Stop the persecution of Burma's Rohingya Muslims

The continuing killing and persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma is causing real worry and upset  among British Muslims.

For good reason. The Rohingya have long been one the most persecuted minorities anywhere in the world and the latest escalation in violence raises fears of wholesale ethnic cleansing.

What is also shocking about the latest developments is the complete silence of internationally feted democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy.
Her failure to criticize a former military general for advocating that the 800,000 Rohingya population be put in camps and sent across the border to Bangladesh appear to illustrates an indifference to the plight of the Rohingya.

It is imperative we do what we can to raise public awareness and apply political pressure.

There is concern that with the UK government keen to ‘forge links with one of the last unexploited markets in Asia’, concerns over human rights will be subordinated to the needs of British commercial interests.

We must ensure this does not happen.

We must ensure that our government applies the maximum diplomatic pressure on the Burmese to stop the persecution of the Rohingya.

For those in the Bradford there is a protest on Monday 13th August, Centenary Square, 5.30pm to 7pm to highlight the plight of the Rohingya Muslims. I will speaking alongside George Galloway MP, Tony Benn and others.