MP calls for Myanmar sanctions after Presbyterians meet with Foreign Office

The Government has been urged to impose extra sanctions in response to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar by Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 4:51 pm

Mrs Lockhart made the call after hosting a meeting between Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and members of Newmills Presbyterian Church who have visited Myanmar on missionary work.

Mrs Lockhart said: “The ongoing crisis in Myanmar is of great concern. The significant loss of life, including women and children, is totally unacceptable as is the continued detention of elected leaders.

“The military coup has also seen a clampdown on a range of freedoms, whether that be internet restrictions being imposed, curfews or restrictions on gatherings. The people of Myanmar are living under a reign of fear and that is something the international community cannot stand by and allow to continue. More sanctions are needed and a concerted international effort to restore calm, and the return of parliamentary democracy.

Carla Lockhart delivers her maiden speech.

“I have been deeply moved by the local care and love for the people of Myanmar, not least from members of Newmills Presbyterian Church who have visited Myanmar. It was good to facilitate a meeting between members and FCDO officials to allow sharing of concerns around freedom of religion, and to hear of the Government action being taken. We need to see change soon, before more lives are lost.”

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