Member of European Parliament Marietje Schaake (D66/ALDE) wants the European Union to do everything it can in order to stop the prosecution of the Rohingya. Today, the European Parliament voted on a resolution on the situation. Schaake wants the EU to freeze trade agreements which give Myanmar preferential access to the European market. On Schaake's initiative, a planned trade mission to the country by a European Parliament delegation has been postponed.
The Myanmar army is guilty of murder, torture and rape of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority. More than 300.000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. According to the United Nations, it is “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, a crime against humanity.
Schaake: “The prosecution of the Rohingya must stop. The EU must do everything in its power to force the government of Myanmar to put an end to the extremely grave human rights violations. Government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, ironically both Nobel Peace Prize and Sakharov Prize laureate, cannot let the military determine the plight of the Rohingya. For years the EU pushed for ending her house arrest and now she has to stand up for the human rights of this prosecuted minority.”
The European Parliament proposes to consider targeted EU-sanctions on individuals in Myanmar. Schaake also advocates trade as a means for pressure. Schaake: “Myanmar currently enjoys trade benefits under the “Everything But Arms” programme of the EU. The EU must ensure compliance with human rights clauses in trade treaties and threaten consequences if Myanmar continues to violate international law.”