Last week I joined a demonstration outside the Parliament to protest the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. In recent weeks, more than 310,000 people have fled Myanmar to escape severe and violent discrimination. Myanmar is populated largely by Buddhists, and there have long been campaigns against the Rohingya Muslim population, escalating more recently to razing villages and extrajudicial killings, driving whole communities to flee the country. This has been condemned by the UN as a clear example of ethnic cleansing, and the eventual statement made by Aung San Suu Kyi failed to speak out against the violence.
I have signed my colleague Pauline McNeil MSP’s Parliamentary motion:
Motion S5M-07522: Rohingya Persecution
That the Parliament notes with grave concern the plight of the Rohingya minority of Myanmar; understands that tens of thousands of people have fled their homes and that 87,000 Rohingya refugees have travelled to Bangladesh since 25 August 2017, with about 20,000 more gathered at the border waiting to enter; considers it crucial that aid and monitoring from international organisations be reinstated after reports from the UN refugee agency, UNICEF, Oxfam and Save the Children that they were being denied access to the conflict area, and calls for attention to be paid and a resolution sought to human rights abuses wherever they occur in the world.