Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has called for an end to violence in Rakhine, in Burma. The violence has caused nearly 500 deaths and 38,000 people have been forced across the border into Bangladesh to safety.
Johnson said in a statement:
“Aung Sang Suu Kyi is rightly regarded as one of the most inspiring figures of our age but the treatment of the Rohingya is alas besmirching the reputation of Burma. She faces huge challenges in modernising her country. I hope she can now use all her remarkable qualities to unite her country, to stop the violence and to end the prejudice that afflicts both muslims and other communities in Rakhine. It is vital that she receives the support of the Burmese military, and that her attempts at peacemaking are not frustrated. She and all in Burma will have our full support in this”.
Tobias Ellwood, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has condemned the murder of Nazimuddin Samad. Samad, a law student from Bangladesh, was murdered by religious extremists in Dhaka.
In a statement Ellwood said:
“I am shocked and appalled by the murder of Nazimuddin Samad and strongly condemn this attack on free speech claimed by Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. Violence is never the answer. The right to life of all citizens of Bangladesh must be upheld, as must the right to freedom of expression and open debate. I send my condolences to Nazimuddin Samad’s family and hope the killers are swiftly brought to justice. The UK continues to support the Government of Bangladesh in tackling terrorism and countering violent extremism in all its forms”.
Hugo Swire, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister, has condemned the killing of Niloy Neel, a well-known blogger, in Bangladesh.
Neel ran the Blogger and Online Activists’ Network in the country was killed in his flat in Dhaka. His death is the fourth in recent months and it is thought that an Islamic militant may have killed Neel because of his atheist views.
In a statement Swire said:
“I was appalled to learn of the violent murder in Bangladesh of blogger Niloy Neel, the fourth such death this year. It was a horrifying and cowardly crime. My thoughts are with Niloy’s family and friends.
I call on the Bangladeshi authorities to investigate his death urgently, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The freedom of speech is a universal right which must be protected. The UK stands together with the people and government of Bangladesh in the face of extremism”.