|TEHRAN – Iranian MP Kazem Jalali has criticized the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for remaining silent about the killing of Muslims in Myanmar.
Jalali made the remarks in an interview with the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency on Tuesday in reference to a new wave of sectarian clashes between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar.
“Why does not the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which held a special meeting to suspend Syria’s membership, hold an extraordinary meeting about Myanmar? And why has it remained silent in this regard?”
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee condemned the killing of Muslims in Myanmar and announced that the committee will send a parliamentary delegation to the region to pursue the issue.
The United Nations said on October 28 that more than 22,000 people from mainly Muslim communities have been displaced in western Myanmar after a fresh wave of violence that has left dozens dead.
Human Rights Watch on October 27 released satellite images showing “extensive destruction of homes and other property in the predominantly Rohingya Muslim area” of Kyaukpyu.
Myanmar’s estimated 800,000 Rohingyas are officially stateless, and regarded by the government of the majority Buddhist country as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, rather than one of its 135 official ethnic groups, as a result of which it denies them citizenship.
The Rohingya have long been considered by the UN as one of the most persecuted minorities on the planet.