—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (July 24, 2012) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) issued a press release today calling for an end to the atrocities against the Rohingya Muslim community in Burma.
According to the United Nations, the Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Disowned by the Burmese government, they have been completely stripped of their human rights; most recently, an estimated 90,000 have been displaced and left without “adequate food, water, shelter, [or] medical attention.”
“We are deeply moved by the plight of the Rohingya Muslims, and pained by the massacre of innocents in Burma,” said Dr. Zahid Bukhari, President of ICNA. “Violence against the Rohingyas continues to escalate, with hundreds being indiscriminately tortured and murdered in the past month.”
“ICNA calls on the U.S. and all nations to stand firmly with the Rohingyas and investigate the abuse of human rights and murder of innocent Muslims in Burma. While the U.S. has called for a peaceful resolution, we must assert more pressure on the Burmese government to stop the violence. We further appeal to the Obama administration to provide humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas.”
“ICNA also urge the United Nations to investigate the massacres, and appeal to the government of Bangladesh to provide a haven for the Rohingya refugees as they flee from Burma. The world must stand together against violence and not let the bloodshed of this community go unnoticed.”
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The Islamic Circle of North America is a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the promotion of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.
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