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EU Parliament seeks UNSC arms embargo on Myanmar

UNB, Dhaka

The European Parliament (EP) has reiterated its call on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to impose a ‘global comprehensive arms embargo’ on Myanmar. It also called for suspending all direct and indirect supplies, sales or transfers of all weapons, munitions and other military and security equipment, as well as provision of training or other military or security assistance.

In its latest resolution, the EP urged the UNSC to adopt targeted individual sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, against those who appear responsible for serious crimes under international law.

The resolution was adopted with 546 votes in favour, 12 against and 94 abstentions on Thursday titled ‘Myanmar, notably the situation of the Rohingya’.

The Parliament also called upon Myanmar to recognise the Rohingyas among the 135 legally recognised Myanmar ethnic groups.

Myanmar does not recognise the Muslim-majority Rohingyas as citizens despite having lived in the country for generations.

The Rohingyas are referred to as ‘Bangalis’ to imply that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. State-sponsored discrimination against them stretches back decades.

The resolution commended efforts by the government and the people of Bangladesh to provide refuge to Rohingyas.

Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, is hosting more than 1.1 million Rohingyas. Most of them fled here from their homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine

State after the military launched a brutal offensive in late August 2017.

The Parliament recalled that rape and sexual violence have been a recurrent feature in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan states.

It also urged Bangladesh to lift restrictions on access to internet and online communications, as well as freedom of movement and to ensure security forces operating in the camps uphold all protection standards.

Bangladesh suspended 3G and 4G services in Rohingya camp areas in Teknaf and Ukhiya for an indefinite period earlier this month.

The European Parliament also called for further international support to the host communities.

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