Monday, 27 August 2018 15:23

SNP CALL FOR UK SANCTIONS AGAINST MYANMAR FOLLOWING DAMNING UN REPORT

SNP CALL FOR UK SANCTIONS AGAINST MYANMAR FOLLOWING DAMNING UN REPORT

SNP International Development spokesperson, Chris Law MP, has called on the UK government to take further sanctions against Myanmar - following the release of a damning United Nations report into the Rohingya refugee crisis.

The SNP MP for Dundee West, said the UK government must use its role as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to support the report's calls for top military figures to be investigated for genocide in Rakhine, and for crimes against humanity - including by supporting referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the establishment of a special independent body by the UN to conduct an investigation in support of war crimes and genocide prosecutions.

Earlier this year, Chris Law met with UN Secretary General António Guterres, as part of a round-table discussion with the House of Commons International Development Committee, and urged the UN to publish its report as soon as possible to shine a light on the Rohingya crisis. Mr Law has visited Cox’s Bazaar, the world’s largest refugee camp, in Bangladesh, and campaigned for the UK government to end spending on training for the Myanmar military.

Commenting, Chris Law MP said:

“The UN report confirms our worst fears about the crisis in Rakhine State, and the true extent of the horrors faced by the Rohingya at the hands of the Myanmar military. 

"It is vital that the UK government now uses its role as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to push for senior military figures to be investigated for genocide and crimes against humanity, and to work with international partners to ensure further sanctions against Myanmar.

"Earlier this year, I visited refugee camps for the Rohingya in Bangladesh and heard first-hand the stories of the Myanmar military's indiscriminate killings and barbaric treatment of the Rohingya.

"With the weight of evidence now available it is crucial that the international community presses for a full investigation of war crimes and genocidal acts, and ensures those responsible are referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

"We cannot allow these appalling acts to go unpunished - and we must act to prevent these crimes from continuing."

Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar: https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/FFM-Myanmar/A_HRC_39_64.pdf

Chris Law House of Commons speech 17 October 2017: http://bit.ly/2P5LfJZ

Chris Law Westminster Hall speech 16 April 2018: http://bit.ly/2Nn6jv9

“SNP's Chris Law calls for Aung San Suu Kyi to lose Dundee honours” - http://www.thenational.scot/news/16059732.SNP_MP_calls_for_Myanmar_leader_to_lose_Dundee_honours/

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