MP for Bristol East has called for UK Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire to
ensure human rights issues during his upcoming visit to Myanmar.
In a statement to the House of Commons, Labour
MP Kerry McCarthy said that she is very concerned about human rights issues in
Myanmar, as delegations of Britain’s Foreign Office have said “very little”
about the situation in the Southeast Asian country during their trips to the
“Can the minister assure me that the plight
of the Rohingyas, the fate of political prisoners and other human rights issues
in the country will be very much on his agenda when he goes there?,” the Morning
Star quoted her as saying.
The Myanmar government and its majority
population refuse to recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens and label the
minority of about 800,000 as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh,
an impoverished state that has shown no willingness to help the
Rohingya Muslims have been persecuted and killed
by the majority Buddhists since the onset of the deadly violence against them
in the western Rakhine state in June 2011.
According to UN statistics, over 28,000 people,
more than 97 percent Muslims have been forced out of their homes as a result of
escalating sectarian violence in Myanmar.