Myanmar turning a deaf ear to world demands


October 5, The Iran Project – World countries continue to harshly react to a deadly crackdown by Myanmar’s government on minority Rohingya Muslims in a western state in the country.

So far the Myanmar government has been ignorant to the global warnings and requests by international organizations and world public opinion on stopping the violations against the minority community in the country.

Up to now several countries across the globe, the Islamic Republic of Iran in particular, have voiced their protests to the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine State.

Dire Situation

Recently, Iran’s Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Bahram Qasemi has announced that the international community’s responsibility to Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees becomes increasingly heavier as their dire situation becomes more complicated.

“With each passing day, the critical situation of Rohingya Muslims becomes more complicated, the suffers of the refugees increases, and the responsibility of countries and international organizations becomes heavier,’ Qasemi said.

“After all, the opportunity for stopping the crisis and compensating the damages is getting lost. The complicated, dire situation can turn into one of the worst humanitarian crises of the contemporary age,” the spokesman warned.

“Pivot to Asia”

The reports also indicates that the United States is not likely to intervene to stop the ethnic cleansing campaign against Myanmar’s downtrodden Rohingya Muslims and is trying to expand US military cooperation with the Southeast Asian country bordering China – a regional super power the US is trying to contain.

The United States has been facing international condemnation due to its failure to censure Myanmar’s de facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi over her complicity in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in the Muslim-majority Rakhine region.

According to experts, the US is pursuing the “Pivot to Asia” policy, which is essentially a strategy for containing China. For this, Washington is implementing a policy of engagement with Myanmar, while ignoring the regime’s violation of international law and human rights.

The Trump administration has reluctantly expressed concerns about the state-sponsored violence against the Rohingya but refused to address calls for international sanctions against Suu Kyi’s government. Washington although has expressed keenness in enhancing US-Myanmar military ties.

Emergence of Daesh

Meanwhile, experts also have warned of the possibility of Daesh to recruit fighters from Rohingya Muslims, who are fleeing from Myanmar in an expansive step for the organization in Asia.

About 700 Indonesian and 200 Malaysian are fighting in the ranks of Daesh in Syria and Iraq, which called on Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for commenting on the importance of South-East Asia for ISIS, saying: “Southeast Asia is a major recruitment center for Daesh”.

Arms Sale

Israel also has refused to stop supplying arms to the Myanmar army, which human rights groups say is involved in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, saying, “the matter is clearly diplomatic”.

Not just that, Israeli arms companies like TAR Ideal Concepts have even trained Myanmar’s special forces in Rakhine state where most of the violence against the Rohingya has taken place.

The weapons Israel has sold Myanmar include more than a 100 tanks, and weapons and boats used to police its border, said human rights groups and Burmese officials.

Nearly 100,000 of Rohingya Muslims have been fleeing from Myanmar region due to ethnic persecution over the past years, which raise fears that Daesh will go to the recruitment of these elements, especially if they were from asylum seekers in Malaysia and Indonesia, according to a report by the “Newsweek” newspaper.

Iran urges int’l pressure on Myanmar gov’t

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounced the situation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as “shocking” and called for international pressures on the government of the Southeast Asian country to stop “the genocide”.

“Pressuring the Myanmarese government to stop genocide and violence against Muslims is a necessary measure,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly.

According to the media reports, so far a large number of Muslims, including women and children, have been burnt alive, lynched to death or lost their lives while fleeing the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people. Entire villages of Rohingya Muslims have been burnt to the ground.

According to the United Nations, some 270,000 Rohingyas have fled from Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since August 25.

Hundreds of Muslims have been killed in the recent wave of violence in Myanmar, with satellite images showing that 214 villages have been totally destroyed.

Despite the warnings, alarms and requests by countries, international organizations, global figures and public opinion, the Myanmar’s government has turned a deaf ear to the world demands, which is unacceptable.