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Iranian parliamentary delegation to set off for Myanmar

File photo shows Rohingya Muslims in an Internally Displaced Persons camp.

An Iranian parliamentary delegation will set off for Myanmar on Sunday to assess the situation of the Rohingya Muslims and meet with the Southeast Asian country’s officials.

“The representatives of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Imam Khomeini Relief Committee and the Iranian Red Crescent Society will accompany the lawmakers in this visit,” Deputy Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mansour Haqiqatpour said on Saturday.

Earlier this month, Iran’s 24-ton consignment of humanitarian aid to ethnic Rohingya Muslims arrived in Myanmar.

Iran’s Ambassador to Thailand, Hossein Kamalian said on January 6 that the consignment including foodstuff, tents, blankets, and other basic commodities, would be distributed among Rohingya Muslims. 

Some 800,000 Rohingyas are deprived of citizenship rights and suffer from a policy of discrimination that has denied them the right of naturalization and made them vulnerable to acts of violence and persecution, expulsion and displacement. 

On December 25, the United Nations General Assembly issued a resolution expressing concern over the persecution of Muslims in Myanmar. The resolution called on Myanmar’s government to “protect all their (the Muslims) human rights, including their right to a nationality.” 

The UN resolution also stated that there are “systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms” in Myanmar. 

Hundreds of Rohingyas are believed to have been killed and thousands displaced in attacks by Buddhist extremists. The assaults have been mainly carried out in the western state of Rakhine. 

Myanmar’s army forces have reportedly provided the extremists with containers of petrol for torching the houses of Muslim villagers. 

Source by Press TV