Iran's President Rouhani urges Myanmar to stop crimes against Rohingya


The Rohingya have been denied citizenship in Myanmar and are classified as illegal immigrants, despite them claiming roots that go back centuries.

The Noble Peace Prize victor has faced global criticism for her handling of the humanitarian crisis facing Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state.

Students in both countries are protesting the recent violent attacks on the Rohingya community in Myanmar.

In a letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres published on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned about the continuation of the ongoing crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, urging the worldwide community and the United Nations in particular to take swift action to end the crisis.

The region, Myanmar's poorest state, has been a crucible of communal tensions between Buddhists and Muslims for years.

According to the United Nations, nearly 150,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh in the first two weeks of the crisis alone, and more are coming in.

Malaysia is likely to see more people arriving in boats from Myanmar in the coming weeks because of the violence, said Zulkifli Abu Bakar, director-general of the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency.

According to Reuters, almost 150,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh in less than two weeks since violence broke out on Aug 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base.

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Earlier this week, Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi alleged a "huge iceberg of misinformation" was distorting the picture of the Rohingya crisis.

Haja said stern action must be taken against the Myanmar government to stop the genocide.

Local police officer Aung Kyaw Moe said 18 people were killed in the village when the violence began last month.

Reuters reported that Suu Kyi said on Thursday that the Burmese government would try its best to "take care of everybody" in the country, whether or not they are citizens.

"We are asking for a safe access to be able to meet a large amount of humanitarian needs, including emergency food supplies, safe drinking water, transportation for the families to a safer area", he said.

The UN has asked Bangladesh authorities to make more land available so they can build new relief camps. Bangladesh, which is already host to more than 400,000 Rohingya said it will not accept any more refugees, despite an appeal by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for Dhaka to allow Rohingya to seek safety.

Those flocking into Bangladesh have given harrowing accounts of killings, rape and arson by Myanmar's army.