Se­nior Sunni cleric calls crimes against Ro­hingya ‘shock­ing’

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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.

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