MUSLIM GROUPS URGE UN TO CONVENE SPECIAL SESSION ON PERSECUTION OF ROHINGYA MUSLIMS

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People in Bangladesh protest against Rohingya killings in Myanmar. — File photo

The Muslims groups also condemned the attitude of the government of India towards Rohingya migrants and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘soft-approach’ towards the Myanmar government during his visit to the country.    

Special Correspondent | Caravan Daily

NEW DELHI — Prominent Indian Muslim organizations on Thursday expressed grave concern over the continued genocidal attacks on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by the Buddhist extremists with the support of the government and strongly urged the international community to convene United Nations’ special session for making the Myanmar government accountable for this.

Calling upon immediate steps for stopping the massacre of Muslims there, they urged the Myanmar government to respect international laws and human rights. The Muslims groups also condemned the attitude of the government of India towards Rohingya migrants and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘soft-approach’ towards the Myanmar government during his visit to the country.

The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (M) also urged the world powers to take immediate steps to stop the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims. JUH president Maulana Qari Mohammad Usman Mansoorpuri and its general secretary, Maulana Mahmood Madani asked the UN to convene a Security Council meeting for setting a deadline for Myanmar to change its attitude. In case of not abiding, it should be warned against the military action and economic blockade.

The Myanmar government has failed its duty to protect the life and property of innocent citizens in Rakhine state. It is very sad that Myanmar, instead of responding to the concerns of the international community in a positive and constructive manner, is showing arrogance by alluding to the security forces who are found involved in indiscriminate firing on civilians and burning their houses, said Maulana Mahmood Madani

The JUH also urged the government of India to not stop its traditional humanitarian treatment with Rohingya Muslims, who are forced to take asylum in India. In this regard it said India should follow developed nations including European Unions.

Maulana Mahmood Madani said, “The Myanmar government has failed its duty to protect the life and property of innocent citizens in Rakhine state. It is very sad that Myanmar, instead of responding to the concerns of the international community in a positive and constructive manner, is showing arrogance by alluding to the security forces who are found involved in indiscriminate firing on civilians and burning their houses.”

He also expressed dismay over the silence of Aung San Suu Kyi, despite being in power in the state. “Her studied silence is giving courage to perpetrators of crimes against the most persecuted minorities,” Madani said. He stressed that the issue of Rohingya Muslims should not be looked upon from religious perspective but this is entirely a humanitarian crisis. “The regional powers must come forward to resolve it on this ground,” he added.

The Jamiat also demanded to conduct an international inquiry into the recent violence, granting free access to humanitarian aid groups and international media; rehabilitation to those who have been uprooted and forced to live in cramped camps without necessary amenities; grant citizenship rights which have been denied to them under citizenship law of 1982, which is incompatible with international human rights standards enshrined in UN charts and all those who have taken refuge in other countries should be acknowledged as citizens of Myanmar enabling them to acquire refugee status and protection by UN agencies.

The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind also appealed to the Indian Muslims to observe Friday as “Special prayers day” for Rohingya Muslims and conduct special dua during Friday prayers.

Echoing the same views, the All India Milli Council said it is deplorable and appalling that the continued massacre of Rohingya Muslims has not shaken the world community’s conscience. Council leader Dr Manzoor Alam said it has never happened in the history that a particular “community was targeted in such a brazen and barbaric way”.

Dr Alam said Prime Minister Modi did not utter a single word about the targeted violence against the hapless Rohingya Muslims when called on the Myanmar leadership particularly to Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Condemning the attitude of the world organizations, especially UNO and other world powers, Dr Alam also said the Islamic world and its representative body OIC did not do anything tangible to save Rohingya Muslims.

Another Muslim group the Popular Front of India also said the government must desist from deporting Rohingya Muslims as India is also hosting other countries’ refugees. The front said it is a humanitarian crisis and it should be dealt humanely. It also urged the international organizations to step in the issue and protect the lives of Rohingya Muslims.

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