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Iranian Students Condemn Silence of Int'l Bodies on Massacre of Muslims in Myanmar


Iranian Students in a statement deplored the international bodies' silence on the brutal massacre of innocent Muslims in Myanmar, and urged the Muslim nations to take a clear and firm stance against this flagrant crime and severe violation of human rights in the Southeast Asian nation.

"The so-called advocates of human rights and the international organizations who have kept mum on this flagrant violation of rights are more criminal than the pagan Buddhists and this silence is definitely accompanied by their support for the criminal Buddhists' massacre the oppressed Muslims in Myanmar," the statement said on Tuesday.

The Iranian students also called on all Muslims across the world to break their silence on the ongoing genocide in Myanmar, and prevent the massacre of their Muslim brothers in the Southeast Asian country.

The government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas, who it claims are not natives and classifies as illegal migrants, although the Rohingya are said to be Muslim descendants of Persian, Turkish, Bengali, and Pathan origin, who migrated to Burma as early as the 8th century.

Even Myanmar's so-called democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has kept quiet on the atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar's President Thein Sein said Rohingya Muslims must be expelled from the country and sent to refugee camps run by the United Nations.

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.

Since June, hundreds of members of the nearly-one-million-strong Rohingya Muslim minority have been killed and tens of thousands of others among them have been displaced in the west of the country due to a wave of communal violence.

Over the past two years, waves of ethnic Muslims have attempted to flee by boats in the face of systematic oppression by the Myanmar government.


Burma has a population 75 million with the Muslim population being just 0.7 million. The Burmese Muslims have been under this affliction after 1962 when the Army usurped the power in Burma.









A Rohingya mother and her children were turned back when their boat tried to enter Bangladesh waters following the sectarian unrest in Rakhine State in June. Bangladesh has closed its borders to fleeing Rohingya, in spite of calls from the international community to aid the refugees. Photo: AFP









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