Stop ethnic cleansing in Burma: Kabul gathering
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Monday gathered in capital Kabul and asked the UN and human rights organisations to demand an end to the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims at the hands of Buddhist extremists in Myanmar also known as Burma.
Around 400 people, including religious scholars, youth and elders attended a gathering in Khair Khana locality to demand an end to the inhuman persecution of the Rohingya people in the southeastern Asian country.
Maulvi Baz Mohammad Ahmad told the participants the Muslims of Burma had long been targeted in bloody attacks by the Buddhist extremists.
He asked international human rights bodies to play their role in halting the ongoing persecution and ethnic cleansing of the Burmese Muslims.
He criticised the UN, the US and other western countries for being silent over the violations of human rights in Burma.
Ahmad added the US should have acted against the extremist Buddhists as it was doing against radical Islamists.
He demanded Muslims stay united against the aggression of Buddhists and extend moral and financial support to the Muslims in Myanmar.
Maulvi Attaullah Rahmani, another speaker, termed the situation in Myanmar as a highest degree of violence against humanity. He asked human rights organizations to condemn the inhuman acts committed by the Buddhist extremists.
“Why human rights organizations are silent. Are the Muslims of Burma not humans? Aren’t t they deserve mercy and help,” Rahmani asked.
He also called on Arab countries to raise they voices against the persecution of their brothers and sisters and extend support to them.
The participants passed a resolution asking the government of Myanmar to immediately halt violence against Muslims.
The resolution praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s efforts and pledged to extend every kind of support to the violence-affected Muslim community in Myanmar.
Earlier, the government of Afghanistan has strongly condemned the persecution of the Muslim minority in Myanmar.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) had said the government of Afghanistan denounced the killings, torture of Muslims, including women, children and senior persons.
“The people of Afghanistan regret the loss of innocent people under suppression and are sad about the displaced families who fled their homes due to violence, aggression and unjust behavior,” the statement said.
Afghanistan urged the UN and human rights organisations to play their proactive role in ending the ongoing persecution in Myanmar and help the suppressed people.
The Rohingyas are fleeing Burma en masse and have faced years of persecution considered by many to be a form of ethnic cleansing.
The United Nations considers the Rohingyas one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.
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