Washington, DC – Congressional Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus Co-Chairs Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Pete King (R-NY) released the following joint statement in response to the inhuman conditions forced upon Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

“As the co-chairs of the Congressional Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus, we condemn the human rights abuses perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and call on the international community to take action. Currently, over 400,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh, where they have then recounted the brutal and vicious horrors of Myanmar’s military crackdown. To make matters worse, UN aid agencies have been prevented from delivering food, water, and medicine to those affected by the violence.

This month, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights stated that the situation in Myanmar has escalated to ethnic cleansing as Myanmar’s Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi continues to deny these claims. We are extremely disappointed in the Counsellor’s refusal to address this crisis and strongly urge the international community to take action to stop the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims before further lives are tragically lost.

The Congressional Ahmadiyya Caucus is staunchly opposed to persecution and violence against all religious minorities, and believes that everyone should have the right to worship as they choose.”