Aug 30, 2017, 7:15 PM
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Zarif: World in silence over violence against Rohingya Muslims

Tehran, Aug 30, IRNA – World is in silence over the violence imposed on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

In his Twitter message released on Wednesday, Zarif said 'Global silence on continuing violence against Rohingya Muslims. Int’l action (is) crucial to prevent further ethnic cleansing—UN must rally'.

According to Myanmar sources, manslaughter and violence has escalated against Muslims in the countries since recent days.

Prior to the 2015 Rohingya refugee crisis and the military crackdown in 2016 and 2017, the Rohingya population in Myanmar was around 1.1 to 1.3 million. They reside mainly in the northern Rakhine townships.

Many Rohingyas have fled to the neighboring states. More than 100,000 Rohingyas in Myanmar live in camps for internally displaced persons, not allowed by authorities to leave.

Probes by the UN have found evidence of increasing incitement of hatred and religious intolerance against Rohingyas while the Burmese security forces have been conducting 'summary executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detention, torture and ill-treatment and forced labour' against the community.

International media and human rights organizations have often described Rohingyas as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. According to the United Nations, the human rights violations against Rohingyas could be termed as 'crimes against humanity'.

Translator: Ali Izadi

Editor: Hamid Shamlou