Iranian Official: Genocide of Muslims in Myanmar ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’

Tasnim – A special aide to Iran’s parliament speaker expressed deep concern over systematic violence against Muslims in Myanmar and denounced the recent wave of deadly crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as a new human tragedy in the Southeast Asian country.

“Genocide of Muslim minority in Myanmar is a humanitarian catastrophe, which requires urgent humanitarian aid political & international support,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Sunday on his twitter account.

He further deplored the muted response of some Islamic countries on the genocide of Rohingya Muslims , wondering, “The silence of the Islamic world! Why?”

The Rohingya have long faced severe discrimination and were the targets of violence in 2012 that killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people from their homes to camps for the internally displaced.

Over the past days, intensifying clashes between security forces and insurgents in western Myanmar have sent terrified civilians scrambling toward the Bangladesh border in a desperate search for refuge.

Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned at least 90 Muslim Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, as thousands of civilians from the ethnic minority area, on the other side of the border, attempt to escape from continuing violence that has killed scores of people.

A United Nations report in February said the military crackdown on the Rohingya had led to gang rape, the killing of hundreds of civilians and the forced displacement of as many as 90,000 people.