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Iran to Send 30 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Myanmar’s Rohingyas

TEHRAN
(FNA)- The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) will send a 30-ton
cargo of humanitarian aid, including foodstuff and other basic needs,
to Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims tonight, an IRCS official announced on
Saturday.


“A
total of 30 tons foodstuff, including biscuits, milk, date, and
canned food will be sent to help the people of Myanmar,” Head of
IRCS’s Relief and Rescue Organization Mahmoud Mozaffar told FNA on
Saturday. 



He
noted that other basic items, including tents and blankets, will also
be dispatched to Myanmar tonight.


Last month, Iran’s
first shipment of humanitarian aid was delivered to Myanmar’s
Rohingya Muslims in the state of Rakhine after weeks of delay due to
the Southeast Asian country’s critical conditions, specially in
border areas. 

The
Iranian consignment containing foodstuff was dispatched to Myanmar’s
refugee camps in Rakhine through neighboring Bangladesh. 

The
UN says decades of discrimination have left the Rohingyas stateless,
with Myanmar implementing restrictions on their movement and
withholding land rights, education and public services. 

Since
June, hundreds of members of the nearly-one-million-strong Rohingya
Muslim minority have been killed and tens of thousands of others
among them have been displaced in the west of the country due to a
wave of communal violence. 

A
senior Iranian legislator last month expressed serious concern over
Buddhists’ attacks against Rohingya Muslims, and called on the UN to
adopt practical measures to end violence and violation of human
rights against Myanmarese Muslims. 

Mehrdad
Bao’uj Lahouti dismissed non-binding resolutions approved by the UN
as ineffective in resolving the problems of Rohingyas, and said that
the UN must deal with human rights violations across the globe
without double-standard behaviors. 

More
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
29. 

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

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

The
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. 

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

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

The
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. 

Human
Rights Watch earlier this month released satellite images showing
“extensive destruction of homes and other property in a
predominantly Rohingya Muslim area” of Kyaukpyu. 

Myanmar’s
800,000 Rohingyas are seen as illegal immigrants from neighboring
Bangladesh by the government and many Burmese – who call them
“Bengalis”. 

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