Stop the ongoing violence against Burma's Rohingya minority
Burma’s Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority, have suffered decades of marginalisation, discrimination and violence. The Burmese government has restricted humanitarian access to the victims of this persecution, and many Rohingya are denied citizenship. Meanwhile, neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh are unwilling to accept the vast and growing number of Rohingya refugees.
As a UN member, the Burmese government endorsed the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle. R2P affirms the duty of every state to protect its population, regardless of ethnicity or citizenship, from ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. R2P also requires the international community to act in cases where a government does not fulfil that responsibility. The Burmese government has manifestly failed to uphold its Responsibility to Protect in relation to the Rohingya. UNA-UK therefore advocates strong international action to protect the Rohingya from further persecution.
UNA-UK believes that the UK is well placed to take the lead on this issue. The UK government should use its position as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, as well as its influence with the U.S. and the EU, to push for:
- A Security Council resolution reminding the Burmese government of its responsibility to protect and agreeing to the dispatch of international observers to monitor the situation
- An inclusive process of national reconciliation involving all communities within Burma
- Neighbouring states, with the assistance of the UN and the international community, to aid those fleeing violence