Iran Military Experts Show Solidarity with Myanmar Muslims


We are deeply concerned by the spiralling violence that has followed across Myanmar's northern Rakhine State.

Myanmar rejects the accusations, saying its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against the insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, which claimed responsibility for the August 25 attacks and similar, though smaller, attacks in October.

"Rakhine state is on fire", said Olof Blomqvist, a researcher with Amnesty International, in a "clear campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar security forces".

It was the third time in less than three weeks that Dhaka has summoned the Myanmar envoy as ties between the two neighbours soured after violence in Myanmar's north Rakhine state triggered a massive refugee crisis. But the Army said it was responding to attacks by militants and denied targeting civilians.

Dujarric said the first 15 of 35 scheduled trucks of aid provided by the United Nations refugee agency arrived in Cox's Bazaar on Friday, while other agencies are airlifting their supplies into Bangladesh.

"Ethnic cleansing" is not recognized as an independent crime under worldwide law, the U.N. Office on Genocide Prevention says, but it has been used in U.N. resolutions and acknowledged in judgments and indictments of the global Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

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The group said it had detected 80 big fires in Rohingya areas since August 25.

The group quoted Rohingya witnesses who described security officers and vigilantes using petrol or shoulder-fired rocket launchers to set homes alight, before firing on villagers as they fled. About 30,000 non-Muslims have also been displaced.

The protesters also raised slogans against Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counselor and Leader of the National League for Democracy of Myanmar. The campaign against the Muslim insurgents is popular at home.

Party sources admit that though there has been much politicisation of the issue by the likes of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi who has been asking "if persecuted Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen could stay in India, why not the Rohingyas?"

One protest leader said they were demanding a United Nations peacekeeping force and that Myanmar face charges in an worldwide court.