David Lidington MP (Aylesbury) speak out on the Rohingya crisis
We, the undersigned, ask you to raise your voice against the inhuman treatment of the Rohingya community.
We have seen the ongoing indiscriminate and gruesome violence being perpetuated on the Rohingya community. The videos of vulnerable women, children and men being slaughtered are available through social media to be seen.
We have seen distressing scenes of individuals being buried alive, in mass graves, killings and horrifying violence at free will. We have heard and seen rape, sexual violence of women. Children being stamped on and killed. Men being butchered/slaughtered and having to endure (being forced to watch helplessly) the brutality unfolding before their very eyes.
The crisis is ongoing and the number of refugees are dramatically increasing. The response by the government of Burma has been inadequate. The response by Aung San Suu Kyi has been timid. We understand that the government, military situation in Burma is complex, but that can't be an excuse to destroy fundamental human rights. The failure to speak out, against the atrocities is perplexing and inexplicable.
The UN's lack of action and direction is testament to the normal working methods of this lack-lustre organisation.
We as a country have a special and unique place in the world. We are proud so. We have often led and contributed in negotiating peace. However on this very occasion we have fallen short of our set standards. Our silence, as a country, to the genocide is deafening and intolerable.
The silence is against all that we believe in. This is a front to justice, humanity and the very tenets of our belief of tolerance and respect. The injustice that is being perpetuated is a crime against humanity. Yet we continue to stand as mere observers.
We ask you David Lidington, as our representative at Parliament, to unambiguously make it known, on the floor of the house of commons and in an open letter, that the unjust treatment of the Rohingya community must stop immediately.
You should, seeking a census of parliament and possibly in collaboration with other countries, immediately give real consideration to the need to consider sending our brave army to become peacekeepers, until the situation is stable, preventing the violence and loss of further life.
We ask you to immediately have dialogue with Burma and Bangladesh and to have suitable channels to ensure that Aid can reach those that so desperately need it.
Finally, in due course, we ask you to find a way so that those have fled can return to their homes. Those, that have lost their homes, due to the violence (fires or otherwise), should have suitable packages enabling them to return.
We, the undersigned, ask you to act forthwith.