Theresa May has strongly condemned the crisis in Myanmar which ‘looks like ethnic cleansing’ of Muslims.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees have poured over the border into Bangladesh, with harrowing stories of starvation, rape and loss of their homes.
The Rohingya people who live in western Rakhine state are a minority in the mainly Buddhist nation, and are being driven out by a government which denies their right to citizenship.
The country’s military and governing authorities ‘must take full responsibility’, Theresa May has said.
She described images of young Rohingya children ’emaciated and pleading for help’ as ‘heartbreaking’.
She pledged that Britain would continue to play a ‘leading role’ to stop the violence in Rohingya villages which began in August, prompting more than 600,000 people to cross the border into Bangladesh.
Addressing the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the City of London’s Guildhall, Mrs May said the UK must ‘step up our efforts to respond to the desperate plight of Rohingyas – brought home to us again on our TV screens so graphically today, with heart-breaking images of young children emaciated and pleading for help’.
She went on: ‘This is a major humanitarian crisis which looks like ethnic cleansing. And it is something for which the Burmese authorities – and especially the military – must take full responsibility.
‘The UK is already the largest donor in response to this crisis. And we will continue to play a leading role in bringing the international community together – working through the UN and with regional partners to do everything possible to stop this appalling and inhuman destruction of the Rohingya people.’
Mrs May’s comments came after Live Aid founder Bob Geldof handed back his freedom of the city of Dublin in protest at the same honour being held by Burma’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Source : http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/13/theresa-may-condemns-what-looks-like-ethnic-cleansing-of-muslim-refugees-in-myanmar-7076729/