Levin Introduces Resolution to Condemn Violence Against Rohingya

Sep 14, 2017 Issues: Foreign Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09) today introduced a resolution condemning the violence and repression being committed against the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

“I am introducing the same resolution as the one introduced in the Senate by Senators Durbin and McCain to express the urgency in addressing the calamity in Myanmar for the Rohingya people. 

“I had the privilege of meeting Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar as part of the delegation led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last year. We discussed her unique role in moving Myanmar toward a nation of freedom, human rights and peace.  Since then, there has been a tragic increase in the persecution of the Rohingya people, and a failure of the leaders in Myanmar to take action against it.

“The Resolution calls on the government to take immediate and necessary steps to halt all hostilities by Burmese authorities – which must include military forces.

“Additionally, the measure encourages Aung San Suu Kyi to live up to her impressive words while receiving the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. In that regard, I think we should echo the plea of another warrior for peace whom I’ve been privileged to know, Bishop Desmond Tutu. He said to Aung San Suu Kyi: ‘My dear sister: If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep.’”

An identical resolution has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Durbin and McCain. The full text of Rep. Levin’s House resolution can be found here.