Amnesty wants mil­i­tary ties cut

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS NATION -

AMNESTY In­ter­na­tional is call­ing on the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment to fol­low the lead of the UK and the Euro­pean Union by cut­ting ties with the Myan­mar mil­i­tary over the Ro­hingya cri­sis.

“While a cam­paign of eth­nic cleans­ing is be­ing com­mit­ted against the Ro­hingya peo­ple, the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment must sus­pend all forms of sup­port to Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary,” Amnesty In­ter­na­tional Aus­tralia’s cri­sis cam­paigner, Diana Sayed, said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

“Aus­tralia must not be seen to be com­plicit in an on­go­ing and sys­tem­atic pol­icy of eth­nic cleans­ing that is forc­ing thou­sands of Ro­hingya peo­ple to flee for their lives ev­ery day.

“Aus­tralia must halt all train­ing and sup­port to the Myan­mar mil­i­tary right now.”

More than half a mil­lion Ro­hingya Mus­lims have fled their homes into neigh­bour­ing Bangladesh, with Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary en­gag­ing in a sys­tem­atic cam­paign of mur­der, rape and vil­lage burn­ing in Rakhine State.

PHOTO: WIL­LIAM KEO/NEW ZULU/AAP

MAS­SIVE IS­SUE: Po­lice on guard at a Ro­hingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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