Myanmar security forces detained 8 Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state west of the country on charges of “teaching the Quran”.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Myanmar security forces detained 8 Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state west of the country on charges of “teaching the Quran”.
According to Arakan news agency, 15 other members of the minority group were jailed for having stayed in a mosque after prayers.
Myanmar’s military began the crackdown against Rohingya in the Rakhine state after an attack on the country’s border guards on October 9 left nine police officers dead, which the government blamed on the Rohingya.
There are reports that at least 400 people have been killed, more than 2,500 houses, mosques, and religious schools destroyed, and three villages completely wiped out during the military siege.
The Myanmar government meanwhile has blocked humanitarian and media access to Rakhine.
The Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur hosted a special meeting of foreign ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) earlier this month to discuss the plight of Rohingya.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak in his opening speech to the meeting stated that Muslim nations should unite to help end the persecution of the Rohingya.
He said the crisis in Rakhine was no longer Myanmar’s internal affair, stressing that it had already affected the neighboring states.