The House Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States has called for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar so that the Rohingya refugees can go back to their homes.
The committee, chaired by Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), passed nine measures, including H Con Res 90, which condemns ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and calls for an end to the attacks and immediate restoration of humanitarian access to Burma, says a press release issued in this regard on its website yesterday.
“In recent months, we’ve heard horrific stories of young Rohingya mothers torn from their burning homes, drowned children, and mass executions. Many consider the Rohingya the most persecuted minority in the world. This resolution calls for an end to all violence in Burma, and for the military and government to allow refugees to return home. I thank Congressman Crowley and Ranking Member Engel for their work on this measure,” Ed Royce said.
More than 600,000 Rohingyas have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since late August, driven out by a brutal military crackdown described by a top UN official as a textbook case of “ethnic cleansing”.