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Iranian Lawmakers to Visit Myanmar Next Month

(FNA)- An Iranian Parliamentary delegation will visit Myanmar next
month to study the situation of the oppressed Muslim minority in the
country, a senior legislator informed on Saturday.

preliminary agreements have been made for the visit of the Iranian
parliamentary delegation to Myanmar,” Vice-Chairman of the
parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mansour
Haqiqatpour told FNA on Saturday. 

noted that officials of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS),
Iranian foreign ministry, and the Islamic Republic of Iran
Broadcasting (IRIB) will be accompanying the delegation during the
visit to Myanmar to study the situation of the Muslims in that

than 22,000 people from mainly Muslim communities have been forced to
flee their homes in Western Myanmar after a fresh wave of violence
and arson that left dozens dead, the UN said in a report on October

whole neighborhoods were razed in Buddhists’ attack on Muslims in
Rakhine state a week earlier. 

75,000 people are already crammed into overcrowded camps following
clashes in June. 

United Nations chief in Yangon, Ashok Nigam, said government
estimates provided in late October said that 22,587 people had been
displaced and 4,665 houses set ablaze in the latest bloodshed. 

are people whose houses have been burnt, they are still in the same
locality,” he told AFP, indicating that thousands more who had
fled in boats towards the state capital Sittwe may not be included in
that estimate. 

is mainly the Muslims who have been displaced,” he said, adding
that 21,700 of those made homeless were Muslims. 

latest attack against Muslims has killed more than 80 people,
according to a government official, bringing the total death toll
since June to above 170. 

Rights Watch on Saturday released satellite images showing “extensive
destruction of homes and other property in a predominantly Rohingya
Muslim area” of Kyaukpyu. 

800,000 Rohingya are seen as illegal immigrants from neighboring
Bangladesh by the government and many Burmese – who call them

United Nations considers Rohingya as one of the most persecuted
minorities on the planet. 

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