The European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) secured the European Parliament’s support for a cross-party resolution condemning the attacks against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar.

The resolution calls for the Myanmar military and security forces to cease the violence immediately, allow humanitarian aid into the region and access for a UN Fact-Finding Mission.

“Myanmar has taken extreme action against the whole Rohingya community in response to the terrorist actions of a few individuals,” said ECR MEP Amjad Bashir said. “They have gone well beyond an acceptable response.

“Over 300,000 people have fled the violence into neighbouring Bangladesh. Children have been beheaded, women raped and whole villages burned. In the words of the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, this looks like a text book case of ethnic cleansing.”

According to Bashir, colleagues from across the Parliament have come together and joined ECR MEPs in condemning the persecution of the Rohingya minority.

The resolution also calls on the EU to make it clear that it stands ready to consider targeted sanctions and review the trade preferences Myanmar enjoys with the EU if the human rights violations continue.

“We have put Myanmar on notice that unless the persecution and violence stops, we will take action,” said Bashir.