SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — The Egyptian government has slammed the ongoing attacks against Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslim community in the country.
Egypt’s foreign ministry said on Saturday that its envory to the Southeast Asian country had witnessed the destruction caused by the violence against the Muslims in the Western part of the country.
Their statement comes after protesters in Cairo burned the flag of the Myanmar Embassy in Cairo on Friday.
Ministry spokesman Amr Rushdi “condemned the violence Muslims have been subjected to in Myanmar,” the statement said.
Egypt’s envoy in Myanmar witnessed “a big disparity in the extent of damage that afflicted each community, as it was clear the Muslim areas were subject to more violence and damage.”
Rushdi said he understood the extent of anger Egyptians felt over the attacks on Muslims, but added that Egypt was committed to protecting foreign missions and called for calm and for diplomacy to be given a chance.
A United Nations senior official on Friday expressed serious concern about reports of human rights violations committed by security forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, after clashes between its Buddhist and Muslim communities reportedly killed at least 78 people and displaced thousands last month.
“We have been receiving a stream of reports from independent sources alleging discriminatory and arbitrary responses by security forces, and even their instigation of and involvement in clashes,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in a news release.
“Reports indicate that the initial swift response of the authorities to the communal violence may have turned into a crackdown targeting Muslims, in particular members of the Rohingya [Muslim] community,” she added.
According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in the state, located in the country’s west, was triggered when an ethnic Rakhine woman was raped and murdered on May 28. This was followed by the killing of 10 Muslims by an unidentified mob on June 3.
Pillay called for a prompt, independent investigation, noting that the crisis reflects the long-standing and systemic discrimination against the Rohingya Muslim community, who are not recognized by the Government and remain stateless.
“The government has a responsibility to prevent and punish violent acts, irrespective of which ethnic or religious group is responsible, without discrimination and in accordance with the rule of law,” Pillay said.
She also called on national leaders to speak out against discrimination, the exclusion of minorities and racist attitudes, and in support of equal rights for all in Myanmar. She also stressed that the UN was making an effort to assist and protect all communities in Rakhine state.
“Prejudice and violence against members of ethnic and religious minorities run the risk of dividing the country in its commendable national reconciliation efforts, undermine national solidarity, and upset prospects of peace-building,” Pillay said.
Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday said it is delivering aid to the more than 30,000 people that were affected by the violence.
“As we speak, additional tents are being airlifted from the Republic of Korea to meet urgent shelter needs on the ground,” a UNHCR spokesperson, Andrej Mahecic, told reporters in Geneva.—www.shafaqna.com/english