For long the world community, Islamic organizations and human rights bodies have been watching the worst example of state terrorism unleashed against the innocent Rohingyan Muslims. Not one step has been taken to stop the ruthless killing of hundreds of Muslims and burning of their mosques, houses and business places. Buddhist monks are on the rampage unchecked. The Myanmar government is watching this crime against humanity from the sidelines. Nobel Laureate Aug San Suu Kyi is conspicuously silent, only once saying that she felt sad at the reported incidents. In fact, the government is itself sponsoring this inhuman ethnic cleansing. Witnesses say government functionaries, security forces, community leaders and monks instigate local population to conduct coordinated raids on Muslim villages.

According to New York-based Human Rights Watch, these Muslims living in Myanmar for centuries have been forced to live under inhuman conditions. Its Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson has released a report containing details of crimes committed by the government and its security forces to coincide with the lifting of all remaining sanctions by the EU, except the arms embargo. In Robertson’s view the EU move was premature and unfortunate and would diminish its leverage with the criminal Myanmar regime. More than 125,000 Muslims have been forcibly displaced, denied access to humanitarian aid and are unable to return home. The government only admits that 211 Rohingyan have been killed but HRW believes the figure is much higher. The plight of the Rohingyan Muslims is not restricted to Myanmar. Bangladesh and some other countries are treating them as second class citizens also. First, they are refused entry and secondly, they are forced to live in camps away from the populated areas where they remain deprived of even food. A large number of Rohingyans who have migrated to Karachi have formed an association which is being supported by the Jama’at-i-Islami and are appealing to the world conscience for help.