Brussels, 8 December 2017
Ms. Federica Mogherini
High Representative of the European Union
for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Vice-President of the European Commission
Dear High Representative / Vice-President Mogherini,
We are writing to call upon you to include the situation of the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh on the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council of 11 December.
As you are aware, an estimated 625,000 refugees from Rakhine State have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25th.
The statement made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein during the Special Session of the Human Rights Council this week to the effect that an act of genocide against Rohingya Muslims by state forces in Myanmar cannot be ruled out underlines the extreme severity of the plight faced by the Rohingya.
We therefore believe it is of paramount importance that EU Foreign Affairs Ministers on 11 December discuss the situation with a view to adopting measures to significantly increase pressure on the authorities and military in Myanmar to bring an urgent halt to atrocities.
To ensure a sustainable solution it furthermore is vital for EU Member States to agree on a strategy to push for the urgent implementation of the key recommendations of the report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and help ensure that any repatriations of Rohingya take place in a voluntary, safe and informed manner.
We hope to be able to count on your support in this crucial matter.
Neena Gill MEP (S&D, UK)
Csaba Sogor MEP (EPP, Romania)
Marietje Schaake MEP (ALDE, Netherlands)
Jean Lambert MEP (Greens, UK)
Nessa Childers MEP (S&D, Ireland)
Josef Weidenholzer MEP (S&D, Austria)
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP (S&D, UK)
Soraya Post MEP (S&D, Sweden)
Alex Mayer MEP (S&D, UK)
Bart Staes MEP (Greens, Belgium)
Kati Piri MEP (S&D, Netherlands)
John Howarth MEP (S&D, UK)
Wajid Khan MEP (S&D, UK)
Urmas Paet MEP (ALDE, Estonia)
Rory Palmer MEP (S&D, UK)
Hilde Vautmans MEP (ALDE, Belgium)
Dimitrios Papadimoulis MEP (GUE/NGL, Greece)
Alfred Sant MEP (S&D, Malta)
David Martin MEP (S&D, UK)
Younous Omarjee MEP (GUE/NGL, France)
Ismail Ertug MEP (S&D, Germany)
Siôn Simon MEP (S&D, UK)
Alessia Mosca MEP (S&D, Italy)
Barbara Spinelli MEP (GUE/NGL, Italy)