In a major foreign policy address, at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in the City of London, the PM pledged to deepen partnerships with countries in Asia to combat major issues.
This includes tackling the problems in the region today – such as North Korea, where we have played a leading role in securing sanctions in response to the regime’s outrageous proliferation of nuclear weapons, she said.
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Paying tribute to Sky’s coverage, Mrs May said And it includes continuing to step up our efforts to respond to the desperate plight of Rohingyas – brought home to us again on our TV screens so graphically today, with heartbreaking images of young children emaciated and pleading for help.
This is a major humanitarian crisis which looks like ethnic cleansing.
And it is something for which the Burmese authorities – and especially the military – must take full responsibility.
The Prime Minister added The UK is already the largest donor in response to this crisis.
And we will continue to play a leading role in bringing the international community together – working through the UN and with regional partners to do everything possible to stop this appalling and inhuman destruction of the Rohingya people.
A Boeing 747 full of Red Cross aid is heading for the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, while members of Parliament’s International Development Committee are due to hold an evidence session on the crisis at 10am.
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The crisis affecting the Rohingya has not yet been officially termed genocide, despite the UN’s human rights chief saying it seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.
That is because the 147 nations signed up to the UN’s Genocide Convention would be required to stop the violence, by force if necessary, and there is little appetite to invade Myanmar.
International law expert Professor Penny Green, from Queen Mary University of London, told Sky News that calling the violence ethnic cleansing lets governments off the hook.
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Professor Green and colleague Professor Tom MacManus have been writing to the British Government since 2014 supplying evidence first that a genocide was being planned and then that it was under way in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Professor McManus told Sky News They’re trying to remove the Rohingya, they’re trying to destroy them as a group.
If you remove the Rohingya from Rakhine State using violence, terror, murder, rape, destruction of property, that is a genocidal act. You are trying to destroy them as a people.
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