The Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) of Iran in a statement on Saturday condemned the massacre of the Muslim minority in Myanmar, and lashed out at the so-called advocates of human rights for keeping mum about the crime.
“Today the Rohingyas are one of the most oppressed religious minorities in the world who have always been subject of oppression and aggression and the negligence of the Islamic governments and societies has caused the continuation of such massacres against the Muslims,” the statement said.
The statement called on all Muslims to help their religious brothers in Myanmar, and asked the so-called advocates of human rights to break their silence on the atrocities and cruelties practiced against Muslims 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.