Publishe Date: 11:13 PM - 7/21/2012 | Print

Iran calls on UN to end violence against Muslims in Myanmar

Politics - Tehran’s ambassador to the United Nations has written a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling on the world body to take a prompt action to end violence against Muslims in Myanmar.

Undoubtedly, the silence of the international community about the violation of Muslims’ basic rights in Myanmar will set a bad precedent in international relations, Mohammad Khazaee stated in the letter.

Khazaee also expressed hope that the Myanmar government to respond positively to the worries of the international community in this regard.

Amnesty International said on Friday that communal violence is grinding on in western Myanmar six weeks after the government declared a state of emergency there, and Muslims are increasingly being hit with targeted attacks that have included killings, rape and physical abuse.

Amnesty International accused both security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists of carrying out new attacks against Rohingyas, who are seen as foreigners by the ethnic majority and denied citizenship by the government because it considers them illegal settlers from neighboring Bangladesh, the Washington Post reported. 

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