Rohingya calls on EU to sanction military-linked businesses in Myanmar

BRUSSELS, A group of Rohingya leaders from inside Myanmar, as well as from across the Rohingya and Burmese Muslim diaspora, Wednesday expressed full support for the UN Fact Finding Mission’s call for economic and political measures against the Myanmar military and military-owned companies.

The UN Fact Finding Mission last week issued a statement urging the international community to financially isolate Myanmar’s military for its involvement in the genocidal campaign against the Rohingya people, said the Arakan Rohingya National Organisation, Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK and Burma Human Rights Network in a joint statement.

The UN mission made clear that the Government of Myanmar had made no movement towards genuinely resolving the crisis.

“While we saw encouraging steps from the European Union last year in supporting the need to explore new sanctions against entities in Myanmar, the clear lack of good faith by the regime towards the Rohingya must now pave the way for renewed international pressure,” it said.

“This includes the EU continuing to show leadership through instigating additional sanctions against the military, it’s most senior leadership, and the military-owned companies which have fueled the genocidal campaign against the Rohingya and the atrocities which continue to this day,” it noted.

They also called on the UN Security Council to put in place an arms embargo on the military in Myanmar to cut off the flow of weapons.

Source: Kuwait News Agency