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Amnesty wants end to military ties with Myanmar

Police stand guard at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, where Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have fled.
Police stand guard at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, where Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have fled. William Keo

AMNESTY International is calling on the Australian Government to follow the lead of the UK and the European Union by cutting ties with the Myanmar military over the Rohingya crisis.

"While a campaign of ethnic cleansing is being committed against the Rohingya people, the Australian Government must suspend all forms of support to Myanmar's military,” Amnesty International Australia's crisis campaigner Diana Sayed said in a statement yesterday.

"Australia must not be seen to be complicit in an ongoing and systematic policy of ethnic cleansing that is forcing thousands of Rohingya people to flee for their lives every day.

"Australia must halt all training and support to the Myanmar military right now.”

More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes into neighbouring Bangladesh, with Myanmar's military engaging in a systematic campaign of murder, rape and village burning in Rakhine State.

Topics:  amnesty international bangladesh ethnic cleansing murder myanmar rakhine state rape



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