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Thursday, 15 December 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

4.2. The situation of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar
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  Amjad Bashir, author . – Madam President, let me start by expressing my gratitude to my colleagues for their help in giving the plight of the Rohingya people the attention they deserve. Their situation is a shocking reminder that, though Westerners live in a time of unsurpassed wealth and prosperity, for some human beings even living in Third World conditions would be an improvement over how they are forced to live now. Recent reports go so far as to refer to instances of ethnic cleansing. This is spine—chilling when one thinks of what happened just a stone’s throw away from here, in Bosnia 20 years ago.

It is high time for the Government of Myanmar to stop hiding behind excuses to gloss over the unspeakable abuses taking place. They range from the deliberate destruction of property to rape and outright murder. If it wants to be a respected member of the international community, Myanmar must play its part in ending the violence. It must end social discrimination and take steps to ensure that the universal rights of the Rohingya people are fully guaranteed. In addition, international observers must also be given the access needed to monitor living conditions. Ultimately, citizenship must be restored to the Rohingya, giving them access to health care, education, property, marriage rights and jobs. Immediate action must be taken to end the oppression and prevent more children from being born into the miserable conditions they are forced to live in today.

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