Iranian students slam intl. silence on Rohingyas massacre in Myanmar
Mohammad Rafique, a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar (C), begs a Bangladeshi Coast Guard official at Shahporir Dwip in Taknaf not to send his family back to Myanmar. (File photo)
Iranian students have deplored international silence over mass slaughter of the ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, calling for a firm stance vis-à-vis atrocities perpetrated against the community in the East Asian state.
The students, in a statement released on Tuesday, lambasted apathy of the so-called advocates of human rights and world bodies towards Myanmar violence, noting that the silence proves their consent to massacre of Rohingyas by Buddhist extremists.
They also called on Muslims to break their silence over the ongoing genocide in Myanmar and stop the violence in the Asian nation.
The government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas, who it claims are not natives and classifies them as illegal migrants. This comes while the Rohingya are said to be Muslim descendants of Persian, Turkish, Bengali, and Pathan origin, who migrated to Myanmar as early as the 8th century.
Myanmar’s President Thein Sein said on July 19 that the "only solution" to the plight of Rohingya Muslims is to send the country’s nearly one million Muslims -- which is one of the world's most persecuted minorities -- to refugee camps run by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
However, the UN refugee agency has snubbed the idea of setting up refugee camps to accommodate the Rohingyas.
"We will send them away if any third country would accept them," Sein added. "This is what we are thinking is the solution to the issue."
Even Myanmar’s Western-sponsored democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has kept silent on atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslims.
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.