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Press Release: Anna McMorrin MP Demands Action for the Rohingya

January 24, 2018

Anna McMorrin MP, Member of Parliament for Cardiff North has demanded that the international community acts to protect the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims trapped on the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Anna McMorrin spoke out during a House of Commons debate on Wednesday 24 January on the impact of conflict on civilians, which has contributed to a global refugee crisis. Around the world, there are now more refugees and people displaced from their homes than at any time since the Second World War.

In August last year, thousands of Rohingya Muslims were killed in attacks on their villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine province, and an estimated 655,000 fled across the border into Bangladesh, more than half of them children. They are now living in hugely over-crowded camps in the border area, where disease and malnutrition are rife.

A proposed deal between the Myanmar and Bangladesh governments to repatriate the refugees met with resistance from MPs, who say there are no guarantees about what will happen to the Rohingya when they return, and whether they will continue to receive the humanitarian support that they need.

Speaking in the debate, Anna McMorrin MP said:

“The Bangladesh Welfare Association Cardiff and friends of the Rohingya in Wales are in Cox’s Bazaar refugee camps, unloading trucks full of food parcels, blankets, baby food and medicines. They have encountered devastating scenes of hardship and heartbreak and have heard first-hand accounts that no one should experience: people losing loved ones, suffering violence and experiencing squalor, overcrowding and deprivation. Some 48,000 babies are due to be born in the refugee camps this year.”

Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, who led the debate for Labour, lent her support to Anna McMorrin’s demands, saying:

Anna McMorrin is an excellent constituency MP, who always stands up for local interests, but she also fights passionately against injustice and unfairness wherever it exists, and her comments on the plight of the Rohingya were welcomed right across the House of Commons. It is vital that Britain shows leadership around the world when it comes to these issues, and that was the clear message from Labour MPs during this debate.”

Labour’s motion in the Opposition Day Debate was carried unopposed.