Myanmar refugee crisis more uncertain and perilous as another military "coup" reported

February 1, 2021 12:44 PM

Layla Moran (Layla Moran)On hearing reports of the military arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar, Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Layla Moran MP urged a focus on human rights and refugee crisis.

"Myanmar's military must step back from the brink, end this coup and release all civilian leaders immediately. Democracy and the rule of law need to be respected," she said.

"The Foreign Secretary should use this pivotal moment to urge the international community to secure democratic and human rights of all citizens in Myanmar. Today's developments are yet another disturbing chapter in Myanmar's recent history of political unrest, which has already caused a refugee crisis forcing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people to flee the country. Their future now looks even more uncertain and perilous.

"It is time for the UK to step up and lead the world in shining a spotlight on the plight of democracy and human rights in Myanmar, and seek peaceful resolution for all its people."