26th March 2014
On Tuesday, 25th March 2014, the House of Foreign Committee urged Myanmar to put an end to the persecution of Rohingya minority in the country. It is one of the harsh criticisms of Myanmar governtment that was considered to be a reformist government until then. The committee, responsible for inspecting and supervising US foreign Policy, collectively passed the resolution. It also called US and International Community in general for pressing Myanmar to protect ethnic and relgious minorities.
However, as usual, its ambassador to Washington, Kyaw Myo Htut, denied any accusation of persecution of minorities. The ambassador also said that the government will not tolerate any attempt to trigger religious hatred.
He said “completely groundless (referring to the allegations) and government is “rendering necessary assistance and protection to ensure religious freedom in the nation.”
“Myanmar can’t claim progrees on Reforms as long as it does not improve treatment of the stateless Rohingyas. US Department should take off the rose-colored glasses” said Ed Roye, the Chairman of Republican committee.
“We cannot embrace diplomatic reconciliation with the government of Burma while human rights conditions in that country have deteriorated,” Royce added.
It is unertain why the full Panel House collectively passed on the resolution. Nevertheless, it echoes Congress concern over the outbreaks of the violence against Rohingya in the country also called Burma as it said to be shifting towards democracy after the decades rule of dictatorships. The resolution may undermine growing congressional skepticism over the Obama administration’s engagement policy.
Since June 2012, thousands of Rohingyas have been killed in the state-backed violence. More than 140,000 Rohingya have been forced live in overcrowded camps, and tens of thousands have fled by boat.
President Thein Sein’s pseudo civilian government also faces increasing criticism over the blatant expulsion of a humanitarian NGO called Doctors Without Borders from the violence-hit Rakhine state. The NGO was one of the few NGOs providing health services to 70,000 people including internally displaced Rohingyas in the camps over there.
Regarding this, the Myanmar ambassador pushed back against criticism over the aid group’s expulsion.
“Termination of the activities of Doctors Without Borders was made in accordance with the desire of the people in Rakhine State,” the ambassador told Associated Press.
Tom Andrews, a U.S.-based activist group led by a former Democratic congressman, reported on Monday after visiting the camps that Rohingya face a life-threatening lack of medical care and live in fear of attack. Andrews contended that combined with a climate of rising Buddhist nationalism, there are warning signs of genocide in Myanmar.
(Source Referred: Associate Press- AP)