Lifting of the Embargo Against Myanmar Sends the Wrong Signal
Wednesday, 08 May 2013
"It is with great concern that we observe the
lifting of the embargo against Myanmar. The justification with recent
democratic developments is not comprehensible," said Farooq Murad,
Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, following the official
lifting of the embargo against Myanmar on the part of EU foreign ministers.
This signals that the EU chose to ignore obvious violations of human rights
against the Arakan Rohingya.
Murad added: "Just as the example of Muslims in
Arakan, the attacks on Muslims in Meiktila and other regions of the country and
the state's role in these atrocities are clear evidence that democratic reforms
are just window dressing. Democratic reforms are certainly not encouraged in
this way. Although already the denial of citizenship would justify an embargo
against the Burmese government for the Rohingyas, the EU ignored even gross
human rights violations. Instead, it plays into the hands of the Burmese
government and the lifting of the embargo sends the wrong signal.
The Burmese government suppresses especially the ethnic groups of the Kachin,
Shan and Chin and ensures that the natural resources are only used by the
central administration. At the same time 100 seats of the Parliament are
reserved solely for the army.
Where the EU sees here a democratic development remains a mystery. Therefore,
the Muslim Council of Britain call on the EU to take action to protect the
rights of Muslim and other minorities before the embargo is actually