News ID: 8841
Publish Date: 22 July 2012 - 22:42
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei has condemned Western silence on the Myanmar violence against the Muslim community of the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the exploitation of human beings by Western civilization, which is based on materialism and devoid of any morality and spirituality, and said, "A clear example of the West's false claims about ethics and human rights is the silence of these claimants [of human rights] on the massacre of thousands of Muslims in Myanmar.”

The Leader said that over the few past centuries the West civilization has brought nothing but corruption and exploitation to human societies.
Ayatollah Khamenei was addressing a group of Qur'an scholars and teachers on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Leader pointed out that dignity, welfare, progress, ethics and victory over enemies will only be achieved through practicing Qur'anic teachings.

According to recent reports, Muslims in Myanmar are in a tragic human plight. Reports say 650 of the nearly one million Rohingya Muslims have been killed as of June 28 during clashes in the western region of Rakhine. This is while 1,200 others are missing and 90,000 more have been displaced.

The UN has described Rohingya Muslim community as the Palestine of Asia and one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. They are deprived of basic rights including education and employment and are subject to forced labor, extortion and other coercive measures.

The government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas, who it claims are not natives and classifies them as illegal migrants, although they have lived in the country for generations.

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