Iranian Official Meets With Rohingya Representative To Discuss Myanmar
Iranian Official Holds Meeting with Myanmar Muslims Leader in Turkey
TEHRAN (FarsNewsAgency)- Representative of the Supreme Leader in Hajj Affairs Seyed Ali Qazi Asgar held a meeting with Leader of Muslims in Myanmar's Western province of Rakhine (or Arakan) Mohammad Yunus in Turkey, and discussed the latest situation of the oppressed Muslim people in the Southeast Asian country.
Mohammad Reza Baqeri, the deputy head of the office of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution for international affairs, who is in Turkey to attend a meeting at the invitation of Turkey's Dianat (religious affairs) Organization, announced the news on Sunday.
During the meeting, he said, Hojjatoleslam Qazi Asgar held talks with a leader of Myanmar's Muslims, and discussed the atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims in the country.
He added that the Myanmar Muslim leader would give additional information on the mass murder of the Muslims in another meeting with Qazi Asgar.
On the first day of the Istanbul meeting, Qazi Asgar and a number of the world's Muslim scholars from different countries, including Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Russia and Tunisia denounced the mass killing of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and called for prompt action by the international organizations to stop the violence.
The government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas, who it claims are not natives and classifies as illegal migrants, although the Rohingya are said to be Muslim descendants of Persian, Turkish, Bengali, and Pathan origin, who migrated to Burma as early as the 8th century.
Even Myanmar's so-called democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has kept quiet on the atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslims.
[perhaps because she knows more about the Muslims, and their history of atrocities against non-Muslims, than the Fars News Agency understands]
Myanmar's President Thein Sein said Rohingya Muslims must be expelled from the country and sent to refugee camps run by the United Nations.
The UN says decades of discrimination have left the Rohingyas stateless, with Myanmar implementing restrictions on their movement and withholding land rights, education and public services.
Since June, hundreds of members of the nearly-one-million-strong Rohingya Muslim minority have been killed and tens of thousands of others among them have been displaced in the west of the country due to a wave of communal violence.
Over the past two years, waves of ethnic Muslims have attempted to flee by boats in the face of systematic oppression by the Myanmar government.
Posted on 07/30/2012 7:06 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald