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Government’s “Unacceptable” Negligence toward Myanmar Blows up the British MPs



UK’s reluctance and irresponsibility toward afflictions in Myanmar has been severely criticized by most MPs. The “unacceptable” negligence of United Kingdom government to handle the captivity of the Rohingya people in Myanmar has been condemned.

There are so many “substantial evidences” that show Myanmar is suffering from difficulties such as rape, sexual violence, torture, and mutilations. However, as the House of Commons International Development Committee revealed, not enough measure was taken to halt the sexual violence in Myanmar.

The International Development Committee criticized the British ministers for not using the 73 available experts from the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) organization which has been established in 2012 to prevent sexual violence around the globe. Seemingly just 2 of them were sent to Myanmar.

Over 10,000 people were killed in the violence. More than 650,000 people fled into neighboring countries. According to the International Development Committee, rape and sexual violence has been used as “weapons of war”.

“Given the airplay that the UK’s ‘Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative’ has been given by the Government, we are disappointed that it took so long to send any of its specialist resources on sexual violence to advise on dealing with the experiences of the Rohingya in Rakhine State,” said the MPs.

It is unacceptable that it is taking the UK so long to send any specialist resources on sexual violence to advise on the experiences of the Rohingya in Rakhine State. As an international community, we should consider what message this conveys to other regimes.