Calls to end per­se­cu­tion of Ro­hingya Mus­lims

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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

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