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EU urges Myanmar to create conditions for the return of Arakan Muslims

The European Union called on the government of Myanmar to provide the conditions for the safe, honorable and voluntary return of the Muslims of Arakan province. 

This came in a statement issued, Thursday, by the office of the Union’s High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell.

The statement held the government of Myanmar responsible for the tragic conditions of the Arakan Muslims.

The statement added that ending the difficult living conditions for Arakan Muslims is considered a manifestation of respect for international law.

He noted that the European Union is working to help Indonesia, which hosts thousands of Arakan refugees.

The statement renewed Myanmar’s call to declare an immediate cease-fire without preconditions, and to make redoubled efforts to achieve lasting peace in the country.

Since August 25, 2017, the Myanmar military and Buddhist militias have launched a military campaign and brutal massacres against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan province.

EU urges Myanmar to create conditions for the return of Arakan Muslims

According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a brutal crackdown on the Muslim minority in August 2017, and the number of persecuted in Bangladesh reached more than 1.2 million.

Ongoing crimes have killed thousands of Rohingya, as well as nearly a million refugees in Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.

The Myanmar government considers the Rohingya “irregular migrants” from Bangladesh, while the United Nations classifies it as the “most persecuted minority in the world.”

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