The delegation of three British lawmakers led by the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group of Bangladesh Ms. Anne Main, MP, on Thursday endorsed the global condemnation of atrocities on Rohingyas dubbing it “ethnic cleansing” after a visit to refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.
"There is no doubt that it is an ethnic cleansing as hundreds of Rohingya people in Rakhine state were killed and driven out from Myanmar to Bangladesh that created a humanitarian crisis in the country," said Will Quinee, a British parliamentarian and also a member of the delegation.
Addressing a press briefing at State Guest House the Padma here this evening, the delegation members ,however, stressed on mounting international pressure on Myanmar’s army to stop the atrocities on Rohingya people immediately.
"The UN and the international community has to take bold steps to put an end the manmade crisis in which hundreds of people were killed and several thousands became homeless in Myanmar’s Rakhine state," said another member of the delegation Paul Scully, MP.
The three-member UK parliamentary delegation of Conservative Friends of Bangladesh arrived here on September 15 to see the humanitarian crisis created in Bangladesh flowing influx of thousands of Rohingya people from Myanmar.
The delegation members paid a two-day visit in different Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and talked to Rohingya people, who fled to Bangladesh following Myanmar army’s crackdown in Rakhine state, to save their lives.
"It is horrific as how the Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh only for saving their lives keeping behind dead bodies of their near and dear ones and senior family members...it is a manmade tragedy...it must be stopped," said Anne Main, MP, while sharing their field experiences with media.
She said that the delegation members gathered horrific experiences after talking to the Rohingya people, who took shelter in Cox’s Bazar.
"One woman told us that her husband and sons were killed by Burmese army in front of her and she managed to escape...I have to flee to Bangladesh by keeping behind dead bodies of my husband and sons," Anne said quoting a Rohingya woman.
The delegation members also narrated various awful stories of the horrified Rohingya people in the media briefing. "I don’t know how many Rohingyas were brutally killed in Rakhine state...but I can say it is horrific, manmade and nothing but ethnic cleansing", the delegation chief added.
The British parliamentarian thanked Bangladesh government to provide shelter and food to the fleeing humanity. "Bangladesh has done a great job for the distressed humanity...the international community should stand beside Bangladesh to address the crisis," said Will Quinee, MP.
The delegation members called for providing more assistance by the international community for the Rohingya people.
They said that the delegation members after returning to their country will report to politicians about the humanitarian crisis created for Bangladesh following huge influx of Rohingya people and the "terrible tale" of the Rohingya in Rakhine state.