Iran's aid to Rohingya Muslims reaches Myanmar
The Islamic Republic of Iran's consignment of humanitarian aid to ethnic Rohingya Muslims has arrived in Myanmar, Press TV reported.
The shipment, which weighs around 24 tons, arrived at the Yangon airport on Sunday, Mehr News Agency reported.
Iran's Ambassador to Thailand, Hossein Kamalian said the consignment will soon be dispatched to the Sittwe town, the capital of the northern Rakhine state.
Kamalian noted that the shipment, which includes foodstuff, tents, blankets, and other basic commodities, will be distributed among Rohingya Muslims by some members of Majlis (the Iranian Parliament), the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Imam Khomeini's Relief Committee, and the Iranian Red Crescent Society.
Some 800,000 Rohingyas are deprived of citizenship rights and suffer from a policy of discrimination that has denied them the right of naturalization and made them vulnerable to acts of violence and persecution, expulsion and displacement.
Hundreds of Rohingyas are believed to have been killed and thousands displaced in attacks by Buddhist extremists.
Buddhist extremists frequently attack Rohingyas and have set fire to their homes in several villages in Rakhine. Myanmar Army forces allegedly provided the extremist Buddhists with containers of petrol for torching the houses of Muslim villagers.
Myanmar's government has been accused of failing to protect the Muslim minority.
Rohingyas are said to be Muslim descendants of Persian, Turkish, Bengali, and Pathan origin, who migrated to Myanmar as early as the eighth century.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have issued separate statements, calling on Myanmar to take action to protect the Rohingya Muslim population against extremist Buddhists.