Thursday 23 August 2018

Australia: stop supporting the Myanmar military

by Admin, 22 Aug

Amnesty International (Australia) jointly with the Australian Rohingya community and members of the Australian Parliament including Trade Unionist MP Ged Kearney, and MPs who visited Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, 
calling on- ‘Australian government to stop supporting the Myanmar military.

Date: TODAY: Wednesday 22 August
Time: 8.50am (for 9.00am start) to 9.20am
Place: Lawns, Federation Mall, Australian Parliament House, Canberra.

  • Amnesty International, the Australian Rohingya community and members of the Australian Parliament call on the Australian Government to stop all training and support to the Myanmar military as it commits crimes against humanity against the Rohingya people

  • Visual opportunity: Australia gives ‘blood money’ to the Myanmar military

On Wednesday, one year on from the onset of the current Rohingya crisis and coinciding with Eid, Amnesty International is hosting a press conference and visual opportunity on the lawns opposite Federal Parliament House in Canberra. The Australian Government must cease training and support of the Myanmar military (the Tatmadaw) as it carries out ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people.

The Australian Government must cut Australia’s training support to the Tatmadaw: $398,000 was allocated in the ‘17/18 Budget.

  • Diana Sayed, Crisis Campaigner at Amnesty International Australia
  • Habiburahman, founder and spokesperson for the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation ( and Secretary of the international Rohingya organisation Arakan Rohingya National Assembly, based in the UK.
  • Senator Murray Watt (ALP)
  • Andrew Wilkie MP (crossbench)
  • Senator Peter Whish-Wilson (Greens)

“The explosion of violence – including murder, rape, torture, burning and forced starvation – perpetrated by Myanmar’s security forces in villages across northern Rakhine State was not the action of rogue soldiers or units. There is a mountain of evidence that this was part of a highly orchestrated, systematic attack on the Rohingya population. That Australian taxpayers’ money is going to support the perpetrators is unthinkable” - Diana Sayed

Also read reports:
Amnesty International Australia…/rohingya-protesters-target-dutton

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