(Washington, D.C., February 27, 2014) – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the following statement on ongoing human rights abuses in Burma:
 
“While many praise Burma for the political steps it has taken to reform its repressive government, I am gravely concerned with the ongoing violence and widespread human rights abuses being committed against its minority communities.
 
“Over the last several  years, 140,000 Rohingya and other Muslims have been displaced by violence, while thousands have been killed. Much of this violence is state-sponsored. As we have seen, Arakanese men armed with machetes, swords, guns, and Molotov cocktails have descended upon and attacked Muslim villages. All the while, government security forces have either ignored these abuses or actively participated in the violence. Having seen firsthand the brutality of other regimes that have undertaken similar campaigns, I know that we must make much greater efforts to put an end to this atrocious violence in Burma. Human rights need to be at the center of our relations with the Burmese government, and we need to send a clear message that this ethnic cleansing must stop. The world must take notice.
 
“I am honored to be a cosponsor of H. Res 418, legislation urging the Government of Burma to end the persecution of the Rohingya people and respect internationally recognized human rights for all ethnic and religious minority groups within Burma.  I commit to bringing this important legislation up for consideration by the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the near future.”

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