Senior Sunni cleric calls crimes against Rohingya ‘shocking’
The senior Iranian Sunni cleric Molavi Abdolhamid described the crimes committed against the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar as “shocking and intolerable.”
Speaking at a gathering in Zahedan in the southeastern province of Sistan-baluchestan, the prominent cleric said, “I have urged the Islamic countries and human rights organizations to spare no efforts to help Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar,” IRNA reported.
He also called for cooperation among Muslim states to help put an end to the ongoing violence by Myanmar government against the Muslim community in this southeastern Asian country.
Myanmar’s Army intensified a brutal crackdown on the minority population in the country’s Rakhine state in August following attacks by armed men on security forces.
The crackdown has killed hundreds of Muslims and left scores of Rohingya villages torched and completely destroyed.
More than 500,000 people have fled into neighboring Bangladesh. The UN human rights office said on Wednesday that Myanmar’s security forces had brutally driven out half a million Rohingya from Rakhine state to Bangladesh, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning.
Myanmar’s government brands the 1.1 million-strong Rohingya population as “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh, even as their roots in the country go back centuries.