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Stop the violence and forced displacement of the Rohingya

People belonging to the ethnic minority Rohingyas of Myanmar (Burma) cross the Bangladesh border to arrive at the Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on September 07, 2017

The IPU is concerned about the forced displacement of the Rohingya people.  ©Citizenside/Parvez Ahmad/Citizenside

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is gravely concerned about the continuing violence, intimidation and forced displacement of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.  

Reports of documented widespread cruelty against Rohingya children, women and men and the ensuing massive exodus into neighbouring Bangladesh are very disconcerting. The IPU is particularly worried about the dire conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

In a joint statement, the President, Saber Chowdhury, and Secretary General, Martin Chungong, condemn these human rights violations and stress the Myanmar State authorities’ responsibility to protect all the people living in the country. They call for an end to the violence and the immediate start of a dialogue to ensure that more lives are not lost or people displaced. They further ask that the parliament of Myanmar, a member of the IPU, make every effort to help bring this crisis to an end.