SHAFAQNA (Shia international Association) — Millions of Muslims who are considered a minority in Myanmar have faced many problems over the past two years as the government of Myanmar refuses to recognize them.
Releasing a statement, Iran's Pen Association has condemned the recent massacre of thousands of Myanmar Muslims by the country’s Buddhists.
A part of the statement says: “We, Iranian poets and authors, have heard the cries for justice raising from the bereaved land. Condemning the unforgiveable crimes, we hereby ask for firm action to stop the killing of Muslims in Myanmar.”
Moreover Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyeed Ali Khamenei strongly condemned the massacre of Muslims in Myanmar, and lashed out at the US and the western states for ignoring ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority in the Southeast Asian country.
According to unofficial reports, more than 20,000 Muslims have been killed, tortured, and displaced by the extremist Buddhists in Burma’s Rakhine province, the worst sectarian killing in this part of the world over the years, the Pakistan Observer has reported on July 13.
Reports say 650 Rohingya Muslims were killed as of June 28 alone during clashes in the western region of Rakhine. This is while 1,200 others are missing and 80,000 more have been displaced.
The UN says decades of discrimination have left the Rohingyas stateless, with Myanmar implementing restrictions on their movement and withholding land rights, education and public services.
The government of Myanmar does not recognize Rohingya Muslims and has denied citizenship to them, claiming that they are illegal migrants.—www.shafaqna.com/english