Christian charity group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has urged the international community to take efficacious action in order to control the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Rohingya. The worsening crisis has left thousands of Muslims stranded while hundreds perished as a result of the military offensive.
Sini Maria Heikkila said that CSW has called: “directly upon the head of the Burmese military, Commander-in-Chief General Min Aung Hlaing, to halt attacks against Rohingya civilians and to allow aid to reach all in need, regardless of their religion or ethnicity.”
“We also urge the international community to consider targeted sanctions against Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, to suspend current training programmes with the Burma Army and to press the Government of Burma to engage with existing UN Human Rights Council mechanisms and address reports of severe human rights violations underway in northern Burma,” she stated.
CSW member further stated that: “It is surely time for the UN Security Council, the UN Human Rights Council and other relevant bodies to take stronger collective action by invoking the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ if the Burmese authorities remain unable or unwilling to take action to end this crisis.”
Sini Maria Heikkila also hailed the statement from Pope Francis expressing solidarity with the persecuted Rohingya civilians. She expressed hopes that the Pontiff’s visit to Myanmar scheduled in November this year “will be an opportunity to promote peace and constructive dialogue, and to advocate for the rights of the Rohingya and other ethnic nationalities in the country, such as the Kachin and Shan, who are facing similar rights violations and crimes against humanity at the hands of the Burmese army.”
Rohingyas have often been termed as the most persecuted minority in the world, as they face rejection from Myanmar as well as neighboring Bangladesh. The cold-hearted treatment of the Rohingyas has drawn international anger towards Aung San Suu Kyi- Myanmar’s leader and Nobel peace prize laureate. She has been strongly criticized for failing to stand up to the Army Chief General Min Aung Hlaing.