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Kabul condemns massacre of Rohingya Muslims

Kabul condemns massacre of Rohingya Muslims

Jun 07, 2015 - 14:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon on Sunday strongly denounced the sectarian violence against the minority Muslim community in Myanmar and expressed deep sympathies with the victims.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma had resulted in the killing of a large number of innocent people and large scale displacement.

The Muslims in Myanmar have been facing extreme human rights violations resulting in flocks taking to the Andaman Sea to escape.

The MoFA in a statement said Afghanistan considered the brutal torture and killing of defenseless and oppressed people, including womeninfo-icon, children and elderly as inhuman and against human rights.

 “Therefore, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expresses its deep sympathies to the victims’ families and people who are tortured and displaced as a result of this violence in their home country,” the statement said.

The MoFA also urged the United Nations, international human rights organizations and the worldinfo-icon to exert pressure on the Myanmar authorities to stop crimes against humanity and assist those threatened by violence.

Sectarian violence and discriminatory laws against the Rohingya in Buddhist-majority Myanmar have sparked the region’s largest exodus of boat-people in recent years since the Vietnam War.

More than 25,000 people, including many Rohingya but also economic migrants from Bangladesh, made the dangerous sea journey south from the Bay of Bengal between January and March this year, the UN says.

An estimated 1.3 million Rohingya scratch out an existence in Rakhine, one of Myanmar’s poorest states — tens of thousands are trapped in displacement camps, with conditions outside often worse.


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