Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi expressed on Tuesday Iraq’s willingness to uproot the criminal acts of intolerance committed by Burma authorities against Rohingya Muslim minority and stop killing of innocent civilians, despite the fact that the country is still battling ISIS’ terrorism.
In a letter to the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and friendly countries, Abadi said that genocide against Rohingya in Rakhine province in Burma by government forces requires a firm international stance that commensurate with the magnitude of violations and crimes committed against the Muslim minority.
He noted that these violations were provided in the report of the committee charged with conducting the investigations as mandated by OHCHR and confirmed by evidence.
Burma authorities committed heinous violations and crimes against Muslims, including killing, slashing, raping and torturing, he further stated.
Abadi also noted that these violations amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Moreover, the Iraqi prime minister said the Middle East and the world have suffered from crimes committed by ISIS terrorists.
Particularly in Iraq, ISIS crimes were most horrendous as the group’s terrorists killed innocent civilians, raped women and children and ever sold them as sex slaves, he pointed out.
He also said that the free world shall not remain silent and turn a blind eye to intolerance against minorities.
Abdi called for holding an emergency meeting of Islamic countries’ foreign ministers to take an urgent action and stop these appalling violations a well as forming an international coalition to rescue Rohingya Muslim minority.
In a statement, Ahmed Jamal, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Tuesday that the ministry expressed its firm rejection and condemnation of crimes committed against Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine province in Burma.