A Bangladeshi security officer consoles a Rohingya Muslim man fleeing from the violence in Myanmar on a boat jetty at Shahporir Dwip in Taknaf, Bangladesh, Monday, June 18, 2012.
A senior Iranian lawmaker has called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Myanmar’s violence against the Muslim community in the country.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran should call on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to hold an emergency meeting [on Myanmar],” Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini, a spokesman for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said on Wednesday.
He expressed concern over the situation of Muslims in Myanmar and said Iran should lead the international initiative to help end the ongoing violence against the minority group.
Describing the violence in Myanmar as the violation of all international regulations and charters, the Iranian lawmaker said, “It is surprising that the UN Security Council and human rights institutions do not show any reaction.”
He called on the international organizations to condemn the violence and also criticized certain Muslim countries for remaining silent on the issue.
According to recent reports, Muslims in Myanmar are in a tragic human plight. Reports say 650 of 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 80,000 more have been displaced.
The UN has described Rohingya Muslims as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
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.