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EU parliament condemns Myanmar persecution of Rohingya

Resolution calls for "free and unimpeded access" in Rakhine State, where thousands of Rohingya remain in refugee camps.

The European Parliament has urged Myanmar to end what it termed "brutal repression" and "systematic persecution" against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

In a resolution on Thursday, European lawmakers expressed "deep concern" to the stateless ethno-religious group, which they said is "one of the world's most persecuted minorities".

The parliament said Myanmar must "as a matter of urgency ensure free and unimpeded access" to the UN and rights groups in Rakhine State, where some 120,000 Rohingya remain in more than 80 internal displacement camp.


Myanmar bans officials from saying 'Rohingya'


Myanmar should "condemn unequivocally all incitement to racial or religious hatred and implement specific measures and policies to prevent direct and indirect discrimination against the Rohingya in the future."

In recent weeks, violence has erupted in the region, with reported attacks on mosques and individual Rohingyas.

There are an estimated one million Rohingyas in Myanmar.

They are considered stateless, according to the 1982 Burmese Citizenship Law, and unwanted by neighbouring countries.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi insisted in May her new government was determined to address deep hatreds in Rakhine State, where tens of thousands of Rohingya are confined to squalid camps after waves of deadly unrest with local Buddhists in 2012.

Aung San Suu Kyi, however, has refused to use the term "Rohingya", which she said only risks inflaming tensions.

She and her administration have also been widely criticised for not speaking up sufficiently for the group, which ultra-nationalist Buddhist group call "Bengalis".

A recent UN report expressed concern on the Rohingya, citing denial of citizenship, forced labour and sexual assault.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has also warned that the Rohinya may be victims of crimes against humanity

Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party took power in April, ending nearly half a century of military domination.

She also is a winner of the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, which the EU awarded her in 1990 and picked up only three years ago following 15 years of house arrest.


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