FM Çavuşoğlu condemns Rohingya ‘persecution,’ calls for action

ANADOLU AGENCY
ANKARA
Published 29.08.2017 17:35
Updated 29.08.2017 17:39
A Rohingya woman cries as the Member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) restrict them from entering Bangladesh, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, August 27, 2017. (Reuters Photo)
A Rohingya woman cries as the Member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) restrict them from entering Bangladesh, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, August 27, 2017. (Reuters Photo)

Rohingya Muslims are under systematic oppression and persecution, a situation which needs a permanent solution, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Ankara with his Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Asim, Çavuşoğlu condemned mass civilian casualties caused amid security force raids against Rohingya insurgents.

On Monday, European Rohingya Council spokeswoman Anita Schug told Anadolu Agency that between 2,000-to-3,000 Muslims had died in Rakhine state, in what she described as a "slow-burning genocide".

Çavuşoğlu said: "In the past, there were serious attacks against the Rohingya, but the problem is systematic. Our Rohingya brothers and sisters have been under pressure and persecution and deported."

He emphasized that regional countries had a significant role in resolving the problem and stated that Indonesia and Malaysia had provided support to Rakhine Muslims.

Çavuşoğlu called on the international community and Islamic countries to be "more sensitive" about "this inhuman treatment".

"We also call on the Muslim countries and their heads from here. We should not remain silent in this regard. Let's show our sensitivity.

"Let's make the necessary warnings against Myanmar, and if they are sincere, let's support them. All institutions like the United Nations, UN Refugee Agency and International Organization for Migration should take solid steps for a solution," he added.

Deadly attacks on border posts in western Myanmar's Rakhine state broke out on Friday, resulting in mass civilian casualties.

Later, media reports emerged saying Myanmar security forces used disproportionate force and displaced thousands of Rohingya villagers, destroying homes with mortars and machine guns.

The region has seen simmering tension between its Buddhist and Muslim populations since communal violence broke out in 2012.

A security clampdown launched in October last year in Maungdaw, where Rohingya form the majority, led to a UN report on human rights violations by security forces that indicated crimes against humanity.

The UN documented mass gang-rape, killings -- including that of babies and young children -- brutal beatings and disappearances. Rohingya representatives have said approximately 400 people were slain during the operation.

Mohamed Asim pointed to the significance of Turkey's role in international platforms and praised Ankara's efforts "to bring up the problems of the Islamic world".

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