Iran points UN attention to Rohingya people
Tehran, Iran, January 7
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has written to Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres, raising serious concerns about the conditions of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.
In his letter, Zarif has asked the UN to work with the government of Myanmar to end the critical conditions of the Muslim population of Rohingya, Press TV reported.
The Rohingya people are Muslim Indo-Aryan peoples from the Rakhine State, Myanmar.
The ethnic Muslims have not only been deprived of their most basic right — i.e. the right to belong to a country and a government that would protect them — they are also being exposed to killings and violent and inhumane treatment on a daily basis, Zarif wrote.
He also referred to an upcoming ad hoc meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on January 19 to address the situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and said the meeting reflects the depth of concern on the part of Islamic governments about the ethnic Muslims’ conditions.
The Rohingya have been subjected to persecution in Myanmar since 2012. Extremist buddhists have attacked the Muslims, mainly in the northern Rakhine State, recurrently, torching their houses and causing them bodily harm.
Since October last year, however, the violence against the Muslims there has increased. Back then, the Myanmarese military imposed a siege on Rakhine, and the government of Myanmar has blocked humanitarian and media access to the Muslims in the state ever since. There have been numerous reports of killings, rapes, and other forms of abuse being carried out against the besieged Muslims.