Michael Levitt

Your member of parliament for


York Centre

Michael Levitt

Your member of parliament for


York Centre

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Speech on the Situation of the Rohingya in Myanmar

Last night, I spoke about the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar during an emergency debate in the House of Commons.

In my role as Chair of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights, I’ve heard gut-wrenching testimony on the horrible cruelty this marginalized and persecuted group of people have faced, not just over the past month, but for the past 35 years.

Aung San Suu Kyi must show leadership and denounce these crimes. The political reality she faces in Myanmar does not absolve her of the responsibility to speak up for the principles she once stood for.

We must also recognize that the military leadership in Myanmar bears direct responsibility for the atrocities being committed by security forces, and must be held to account.