Sunday, July 22, 2012

ICRC must condemn massacre of Myanmar Muslims: IRCS head

A resident walks past a destroyed building following days of sectarian violence in Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's western state of Rakhine on June 16, 2012

Source: Press TV

Iran has called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to condemn the mass slaughter of ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and take prompt measures to stop violence in the East Asian country.

“According to media reports, thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have been exposed to serious atrocities. A large number of them (Rohingya Muslims) have been killed, detained or gone missing since the recent flare-up of violence,” head of Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Abolhassan Faqih wrote in a letter addressed to ICRC president Peter Maurer on Sunday.

The letter also lamented the international community’s apathy towards the humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar, stressing the need for global condemnation of genocide in the country.
“The ICRC, as a humanitarian and impartial organization, is expected to act promptly and take a firm stand vis-à-vis the blatant violation of human rights in Myanmar in a bid to assuage the suffering of the victims,” Faqih pointed out.
The IRCS expects the Myanmar government to effectively respond to the existing concerns and adopt necessary measures to restore security and respect of Rohingya Muslims, the letter concluded.
According to recent reports, Muslims in Myanmar are in a tragic human plight. Reports say 650 of the nearly one million Rohingya Muslims have been killed as of June 28 during clashes in the western region of Rakhine. This is while 1,200 others are missing and 90,000 more have been displaced.
They are deprived of basic rights including education and employment and are subject to forced labor, extortion and other coercive measures.
The government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas, who it claims are not natives and classifies them as illegal migrants, although they have lived in the country for generations.

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