Christians in Pakistan Protest Violence Against Rohingya Muslims

Published 13 September 2017  |  
(AP)
Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority use a local boat to cross a stream after crossing over to the Bangladesh side of the border near Cox's Bazar's Dakhinpara area, Sept. 2, 2017.

Christians in Karachi, Pakistan, displayed solidarity with thousands of people who had come to the streets from across South Asian countries in protest against Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

Following the massive violent attacks against Rohingya Muslims, including the killing of over 1000 people and burning of over 2600 homes, 270,000 Rohingya have fled northern Myanmar into Bangladesh in the past two weeks, the United Nations (UN) refugee agency reported.

Protests were staged in Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan, condemning Myanmar government and military for carrying out worst human right abuses against the Muslim community. Pakistani Christians, led by Pakistan's Christian Citizen Forum (PPCF), protested in their capital, according to the Nation.

In the Buddhists majority country, Muslims were illegally declared foreigners and were deprived of their nationality, said advocate Sheheryar Shams, chairman of PPCF.

Shams claimed all Christian communities strongly condemn the inhuman act and demand UN and other human rights organizations to intervene and put an end to all the human rights violations without delay. He also demanded Pakistani government to provide security to all Myanmar Muslim community.

The protesters also insisted that the Nobel Peace Prize award be confiscated from Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation's state counselor and de facto leader. The Nobel Peace Prize is to be given to "people who have given their utmost to international brotherhood and sisterhood," said Shams.

The government of Myanmar blamed terrorists for initiating the violence. Rohingya militants killed 12 security officers in border post attacks two weeks ago.

Of over 60 million population of Myanmar, 22 percent are Muslims while three percent are other minorities.

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