May 22, 2013
Ms. Rushanara Ali, a British MP, visited Arakan from 27th April 2013 to 2nd May 2013. During her trip, she observed the situation being faced by the displaced Rohingyas, the displaced Kamans and the displaced Rakhines.
Ms. Rushanara Ali in cooperation with Mr. David Mepham, the UK director of Human Rights Watch, held a press conference at House of Lords on her experience during the trip to Arakan. British MPs, NGOs and the representatives from Rohingya organizations based in England attended the conference.
During her trip to Arakan, on top of observing the situation of the displaced people in the camps, she met with Political Activists, MPs, the repesentatives from ethnic and religious representatives and the representatives from social organizations in Myanmar.
During the press conference yesterday, she explained her experiences during her trip to Arakan in detail including the deaths of the pregnant women due to the denial of admission to the hospitals, the lack of clean and drinking water, the malnutrition and the shortages of foods in the IDP camps. Besides, she pointed out the challenges to the peaceful coexistence and necessity for the British government to pressure Myanmar government to rectify 1982 Citizenship Law and provide shelters to the displaced people in the coming moonsoon season.
Then, the UK director of Human Rights Watch, Mr. David Mepham, explained the facts and details included in the 153-paged report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 22nd April 2013. Besides, Mr. David Mepham, explained the reports in details on how the Rohingyas were systematically displaced and how the security forces cooperated with the extremists to attack Rohingyas.