The European Parliament has passed a motion saying it condemns the grave violations of human rights against the Muslim minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

European MPs jointly condemned the violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, calling on the government to do more to protect them.

The motion says it "deplores the failure of the Myanmar government to protect the Rohingyas against organised violence."

The Rohingya diaspora has welcomed the motion, but has also called for an international investigation into what they call a "genocide".

President of the Arakan Rohingya National Organisation, Nurul Islam, has told Radio Australia's program the motion is an encouraging move.

"We're very thankful to the European Parliament for adopting this resolution," he said.

However, Mr Islam says he doesn't think it necessarily means there will be an improvement in the Rohingya's situation.

"The Burmese government is very much uncompromising, sometimes, in the case of the Rohingya people," he said.

He says an international investigation is necessary.

"There are lots of reports by the credible international organisations, like Human Rights Watch, and there's evidence of mass graves in (Rakhine state)," he said.

"The segregation that's going on there, apartheid policy has been imposed.

"We need international intervention, with a UN Commission of Enquiry."

Mr Islam says the citizenship and ethnic rights of the Rohngya people must be ensured in Myanmar.

"We are not a floating people or infiltrators from foreign countries... we have our roots deeply rooted," he said.

"The democratic and the parliamentary and political process in the country should be all-inclusive, and the Rohingya must be a part of it."


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