At the weekend Boris Johnson visited Myanmar and Bangladesh, and saw for himself some of the devastated and burned-out villages where the Rohingya people used to live. The foreign secretary also met with the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Yet nearly six months on from the outbreak of the horrific violence that led to the Rohingya refugee crisis, what action has the British government taken against the head of the Burmese army, General Min Aung Hlaing?
The UK claims it has led the diplomatic effort to help the Rohingya and apply pressure to the military. Since violence broke out last year, the government has given £59m in aid, making it one of the biggest donors. It has also suspended military training programmes with the Burmese army after pressure from British parliamentarians and secured a statement from the UN Security Council on the crisis. But that’s it.
Read more from Rushanara Ali for the Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/13/myanmar-military-international-criminal-court-rohingya-boris-johnson