US urged to act against violence toward Rohingya

US congress needs to talk about Myanmar’s atrocities against minority Muslim community in Rakhine state, says expert

US urged to act against violence toward Rohingya

World Bulletin / News Desk

Americans should pressure the U.S. government to act against the ongoing violence toward Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, an expert said.

Speaking at an event held at George Mason University in Virginia on Friday, Robert Marro, who runs a U.S.-based non-governmental Burma (Myanmar) Task Force, said everyone has to be informed about the injustices in Rakhine State in order to stop “genocide”.

Since Aug. 25, an estimated 620,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

The refugees are fleeing a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages. According to Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown.

"People have started to realize the atrocities being committed against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar thanks to the attention brought on by the media," Marro stated, recalling that most of the Americans did not even know where Myanmar was several years ago.

"But, besides the media, we also need to take action more than marching in front of Myanmar Embassy in Washington," Marro told audience.

He said that the U.S. congress needs to talk about the issue, urging the administration to act against the violence.

Naeem Baig, a moderator for Religions For Peace USA, highlighted that the Rohingya people living in refugee camps are in serious need of help.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Kasım 2017, 12:39