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Afghans protest Rohingya Muslims plight

12 June 2015 16:00


Afghans protest Rohingya Muslims plight

People have taken to the streets in the Afghan capital city of Kabul to protest atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

On Friday, Afghan activists launched a rally in Kabul to express their anger at the flagrant discrimination against the Muslim community in Myanmar, lashing out at the West for turning a blind eye to the plight of the Rohingya minority.

“Persecution against Burmese Muslims has reached its peak. Yet most western and Muslim countries have not broken their silence,” said Farhad Mahmoudi, a protester.

The demonstrators urged the United Nations and the international community to adopt all necessary measures to end the systematic abuse of the marginalized group.

Afghans also extended their condolences to the families of the Rohingya victims who have lost their lives in the deadly conflict over the past years.

The rally came days after the Afghan government denounced in the strongest possible terms the repression of the Muslim community in Myanmar.

Earlier in the month, similar rallies were also held across Pakistan in support of the Rohingyas.

Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, currently living in the western Burmese state of Rakhine, have been subject to systematic repression by extremist Buddhists since the country’s independence in 1948.

Myanmar denies citizenship to most of Rohingya population in the country. The discriminatory policies adopted by the authorities in the Asian country have forced tens of thousands of the Muslim minority to flee overseas – usually to Malaysia and Indonesia.

Rohingya Muslims were recognized by the United Nations as one of the world’s most persecuted communities.

Fayez Khurshid, Kabul

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