Al-Azhar calls for im­me­di­ate ac­tion to stop ‘mas­sacres against Mus­lims in Myan­mar’

In­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions would take a dif­fer­ent, strong po­si­tion if the vic­tims were fol­low­ers of any re­li­gion other than Is­lam, says Al-Tayeb

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Al-Azhar de­manded that the Arab League, the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion, the Euro­pean Union, and the United Na­tions to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion, es­pe­cially in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, to stop the tragedy of the Ro­hingya Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in Myan­mar.

In a tele­vised state­ment on Fri­day, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, said that “it is very im­por­tant, be­fore any­thing else, that the de­ci­sion mak­ers in the Arab and Mus­lim coun­tries shall do their ut­most and put po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic pres­sures to bring the gov­ern­ment of Myan­mar to their senses and to the truth, so that they stop the eth­nic and reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion against the cit­i­zens.”

Al-Tayeb ac­cused the au­thor­i­ties in Myan­mar of forc­ing the Ro­hingya to leave their homes, fol­low­ing “the sav­agely bar­barous at­tacks en­tirely un­prece­dented in the his­tory of hu­mankind.” He added that Al-Azhar will push Arab, Mus­lim, and in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions to stop “these mas­sacres com­mit­ted against Mus­lim cit­i­zens in Myan­mar.”

Hun­dreds of the Ro­hingya Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in Myan­mar have been killed, and more than 2,600 houses have been burned in the last week af­ter a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion of the Myan­mar­ian army over the Rakhine state in the ma­jor­ity Bud­dhist Myan­mar.The op­er­a­tion re­sulted in tens of thou­sands Mus­lims fled into Bangladesh es­cap­ing from what is de­scribed as a hell.

The Ro­hingya are an eth­nic Mus­lim group liv­ing in Rakhine state. They speak Ro­hingya or Ruaingga, and they have been de­nied citizenship in Myan­mar since 1982.

Al-Azhar called on in­ter­na­tional bod­ies and or­gan­i­sa­tions, as well as on hu­man rights as­so­ci­a­tions, to un­der­take their du­ties and take all nec­es­sary mea­sures to in­ves­ti­gate “these hor­ri­ble crimes and pur­sue their per­pe­tra­tors to bring those re­spon­si­ble for them to the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice as war crim­i­nals for their bru­tal atroc­i­ties.”

“We are sure these in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions would take a com­pletely dif­fer­ent and strong sit­u­a­tion and re­spond rapidly if the vic­tims were Jews, Chris­tians, Bud­dhists, or fol­low­ers of any re­li­gion other than Is­lam,” Al-Tayeb said.

The Grand Imam be­lieves that these crimes against form Ro­hingya is one of the strong­est rea­sons that en­cour­age ter­ror­ist crimes which the en­tire hu­man­ity suf­fers from.

He also as­serted that Al-Azhar has worked in co­op­er­a­tion with the Mus­lim Coun­cil of El­ders to bring all con­flict­ing par­ties to­gether and rec­on­cile their points of views about Rakhine.

Al-Tayeb said that “a num­ber of reli­gious lead­ers in Myan­mar al­lied them­selves with some ex­trem­ist el­e­ments in Myan­mar armed forces to per­pet­u­ate a sys­tem­atic geno­cide and eth­nic cleans­ing against the Mus­lim cit­i­zens,” ac­cus­ing the Myan­mar­ian Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of hold­ing the No­bel Peace Prize in one hand and blesses with the other hand all crimes against peace, leav­ing peace a mean­ing­less word.

About 270,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims have fled to Bangladesh in the last two weeks to es­cape the vi­o­lence in Myan­mar, the spokeper­son of the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees Vi­vian Tan said.

The US and UN have called on se­cu­rity forces in Myan­mar to re­spect hu­man rights

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