Vice Chancellor Punjab University Prof Zaffar Mueen Nasar on Wednesday denounced in the strongest terms the massacre of Rohingya Muslims by the military there and urged the United Nations, the West and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to play their roles in the safety and rehabilitation of Rohingyas.
Talking to media, Prof Zaffar Mueen also urged the authorities in Myanmar to investigate reports of massacre, hold those involved accountable and take necessary measures to protect the rights of Rohingya Muslims. He said that the plight of the Rohingya Muslims was a challenge to the conscience of the international community.
Highlighting the plight of the Muslims, he said after Palestinians and Kashmiris, Rohingyas are the worst victims of terrorism in today’s world and called upon the United Nations and the human rights institutions of the world to take serious notice of the genocide of Muslims and oppressed people in Myanmar.
“They are subjected to a systemic policy of massacre and torture. They are being denied their rights and forced to live as a stateless community,” he added.
He said that developed countries were practicing double standard that was disastrous for world peace. “At the moment, Indian occupied Kashmir, Palestine, and Burma have become flash points and biggest obstacles for achieving world peace due to the double standards of world’s powerful countries”, he said.
Prof Zaffar Mueen criticized the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi for not responding quickly to stop atrocities. He also urged the Myanmar government to “grant access to independent monitors to determine the sources of fires and assess allegations of human rights violations.”
“It is a shame and an utter disgrace that all this is happening when Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is heading the government who championed the cause of democracy and human rights in the past”, he said.
The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and classified as illegal immigrants, despite claiming centuries-old roots.