Rohingya genocide one year on. Tell Theresa May to act

A UN report has said Burma must be investigated for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. 

Sign our petition now calling on Theresa May to turn her words into action. It’s time for the UK to take a stand and support referring Burma to the International Criminal Court.

Text of petition:

Dear Prime Minister Theresa May MP

It is now a year since the Burmese military began its pre-planned military offensive against Rohingya civilians, using the pretext of attacks on police stations by an armed Rohingya group.

So far, Min Aung Hlaing, the head of the military, has paid no price for what he did.

•          700,000 Rohingya were driven into Bangladesh.

•          Villagers were massacred, shot, burned alive, hacked or beaten to death.

•          Thousands of people were killed.

•          Thousands of homes were burned and later bulldozed.

•          Babies were snatched from their parents’ arms and thrown into fires or rivers.

•          There was mass rape against Rohingya women.
 

The UN Fact Finding Mission has said "top military generals, including Commander in Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of Rakhine State, as well as for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Rakhine State, Kachin and Shan States," and has called for Burma to be referred to the International Criminal Court.

 

You have stated that the UK was “working through the UN and with regional partners to do everything possible to stop this appalling and inhuman destruction of the Rohingya people.”

 

Yet the British Foreign Office is still refusing to support referring Burma to the International Criminal Court. This is despite calls from the Rohingya themselves, from Parliament, and from human rights and humanitarian organisations.

 

The Burmese government enquiry, supported by your government, is clearly a farce. They have stated there will no finger pointing or accountability and Aung San Suu Kyi and her government continue to deny human rights violations have and still are taking place.

 

If Britain were to support the UN Security Council referring Burma to the International Criminal Court, and worked to build a global coalition of countries and international bodies in support, it would send the clearest message to Min Aung Hlaing that he cannot continue to violate international law with impunity. It could save lives.

 

There are no easy solutions, but everything that can be done must be done and this is one thing your government can and must do now.

 

Sign our petition now!