IRGC condemns genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

IRNA – The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in a statement on Thursday strongly condemned the crimes committed against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

‘The horrific crimes by extremist Buddhist groups and Myanmar’s army against that country’s Muslim minority which entered a dangerous phase last week is about the bitter fate of Myanmar’s Muslims,’ the IRGC’s statement said.

It noted that the horrific crimes resulted in massacre of at least 400 defenseless Muslims and displacement of over 100,000 of them.

The IRGC called for massive protests by Muslims in Iran and the rest of the world to condemn the genocide of Muslims.

Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar account for about five percent of the country’s population of nearly 60 million. They have been persecuted and faced torture, neglect, and repression since the country’s independence in 1948. The UN recognizes the Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar’s Rakhine State as one of the world’s most persecuted communities.

The Myanmar government has been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups for failing to protect the Rohingya Muslims. International bodies and human rights organizations accuse the government of turning a blind eye to the violence.