Ms Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas, a community leader, writer and AMUST columnist based in Melbourne has called on the Australian government to accept Rohingyas refugees to settle in Australia. In a powerfully written statement she called on the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to take some positive action in this regard:

Australia must urgently;

  1. Issue a public statement condemning the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims issued by Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull against this barbaric act carried out by Myanmar military.
  2. Stop all funding sent to Myanmar, effective immediately, to demonstrate that we don’t tolerate nor support ethnic cleansing of minority groups.
  3. Launch an investigation to ensure funds sent by Australia were not used in this act of “textbook ethnic cleansing”.
  4. Distance ourselves from Myanmar military on the international stage by urgently bringing in Rohingya Muslims to safety here in Australia and using the millions of dollars in funding that was meant for Myanmar, instead on the resettlement of Rohingya Muslim refugees here in Australia.”