Calls to end persecution of Rohingya Muslims
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called on Myanmar yesterday to stop all discrimination and attacks on Rohingya Muslims, and urged the world’s Islamic countries to end an unfolding “humanitarian tragedy”.
Malaysia has spoken out strongly against mostly Buddhist Myanmar over its treatment of its Rohingya minority.
At least 86 people have been killed and an estimated 66 000 fled into Bangladesh since nine Myanmar policemen were killed on October 9 in attacks on border posts.
“The killing must stop. The violation of women and girls must stop,” Najib, the leader of Muslim-majority Malaysia told a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called by Malaysia to discuss the Rohingya.
Refugees, residents and human rights groups say Myanmar forces committed summary executions, raped women and burned homes. But the Myanmar government led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi denied the accusations, saying many of the reports are fabricated. It insists the strife in Rakhine State is an internal matter. – Reuters