The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed news that the Federal Government will contribute an additional $10 million towards the Rohingya refugee crisis that is unfolding in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Since late August an estimated 580,000 refugees have fled Myanmar to camps in Bangladesh as a result of ethnic cleansing.
“It is disappointing that Australia and other nations were so slow to act as this tragedy developed but today’s $10 million funding announcement, in addition to the $20 million that was contributed in September is very welcome,” ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said.
“This emergency aid to refugees who have been driven out of their homelands should be coupled with the stepping up of diplomatic efforts to ensure Myanmar accepts responsibility for the plight of Rohingya people and ceases persecution of them.
“We call on Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to condemn the Myanmar Government for its role in the violence against the Rohlinga people and step up measures to end military and economic ties between Australia and the Suu Kyi Government until the issue has been resolved.”