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IHRC worried over anti-Rohingya propaganda in Myanmar

File photo shows Muslim
Rohingyas sitting inside their collective tent on the outskirts of Sittwe,
capital of Myanmar’s western Rakhine state.

March 14, 2013

The Islamic Human Rights
Commission has expressed deep concern over increasing propaganda against the
Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, warning that a third wave of massacre against the
Muslims is feared.

“We are extremely concerned
about the increase in propaganda against the minority Rohingya in Burma. It
suggests that there is a high possibility of a third massacre against the
Muslim minority,” the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said in a
statement on its official website on Wednesday.

IHRC chief, Massoud
Shadjareh warned that a “hidden genocide” was under way in Burma, adding, “We
must speak out before even more of the Rohingya are murdered,” he said.

The statement criticized the
international community for remaining silent in the face of murder and
displacement of the Myanmar Muslims. It said more than 120,000 people have been
displaced since June 2012.

The body said the Muslims
were facing “internal trade embargoes, racist propaganda and constant threats
of violence.”

Earlier in the day, Human
Rights Watch (HRW) condemned the shooting of fleeing Rohingya Muslims by
Thailand’s navy, urging the Thai government to launch an immediate
investigation into the deadly shooting.

It said in a report that
Thai sailors opened fire on a group of 20 Rohingya asylum seekers off the coast
of Phang Nga Province on February 22, as they jumped into the water to escape
custody. Two people were killed in the shooting.

Myanmar’s government refuses
to recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens and labels the minority of about
800,000 as “illegal” immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh.