International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Rohingya crisis isn’t over yet, ask Ban Ki-moon to take action
At last there may be some good news. Indonesia and Malaysia have said today that they'll allow Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis stranded in boats at sea to land. Thousands of refugees are stranded at sea, and we have heard heartbreaking stories of children and babies dying as boats capsize.
Assuming these countries do keep their word, this is good news. The danger now, however, is that media and political attention will move on, and the root causes of the crisis, the Burmese government's policy of trying to drive the Rohingya out of Burma, will continue.
We can't let this happen.
One of the tools the Burmese government uses to drive the Rohingya out of Burma is to deliberately impoverish them, and to block aid to the 140,000 people living in squalid camps after fleeing their homes after attacks in 2012.
Join us in calling on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to personally take the lead in negotiating free humanitarian access in Rakhine State, where most Rohingya live.
In 2008 after Cyclone Nargis struck, leaving hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need of aid, the Generals refused to allow international aid in. Ban Ki-moon helped negotiate a deal to lift many restrictions. He has done it before; he needs to do it again. Children are dying because the Burmese government is stopping aid.
Thank you for your support. Anna Roberts Burma Campaign UK
PS: If you took the action last week asking Philip Hammond to raise the crisis at the EU Foreign Ministers meeting, thank you. Sadly he doesn't seem to have listened. However, on Monday a Foreign Office Minister did meet the Burmese Ambassador in London, and did stress the need to address the root causes of the crisis. It is good news that our message about tackling the root causes is getting through. We have to keep pushing!