A US congressman has called for the Rohingya people of Myanmar to be recognised as ‘full citizens’ by their government:
An influential American lawmaker on Thursday […] introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives calling on the Burmese regime to immediately recognize the Rohingya people “as full and equal citizens of Burma.”
The resolution, introduced by Congressman Christopher Smith, also urges the Burmese military regime to lift all restrictions on movement, marriage and access to education. It calls for an end to the regime’s campaign of religious and ethnic persecution “amounting to crimes against humanity throughout Burma.”
Co-sponsored by Congressman James McGovern and Joseph Pitts, the resolution urges the government of Bangladesh to address “the dire humanitarian conditions and food insecurity in the makeshift camps” along its border with Burma, in co-operation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and to “desist from forcing unregistered Rohingya to return to Burma.”
It also highlights the situation of Rohingyas in Saudi Arabia and urges the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to allow Rohingyas “access to education and livelihoods.”
32 Rohingya were arrested by Bangladesh recently after they entered the country ‘illegally’. The Bangladeshi prime minister recently called on the Myanmar government to take back Rohingya refugees from her country “in the spirit of good neighbourly relations”.