Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:28PM GMT
Interview with Mohsen Saleh
Well of course the United Nations has a great duty in order to put an end to this and also the countries around Myanmar especially Bangladesh, Pakistan and India and other countries, they have also a kind of task to intervene in order to put an end for these people."
A political analyst tells Press TV that the United Nations has a great duty in order to put an end to the violence going on against the minority Muslims in Myanmar and find a way to protect these people.
The comments came after a United Nations official, Vijay Nambiar, said that the houses and mosques of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have been targeted with “brutal efficiency” in recent attacks. The statement came on Tuesday by Nambiar, a special advisor to the UN secretary general on Myanmar, who toured the country after the latest round of attacks by extremist Buddhists on March 20, in which over 40 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the city of Meiktila.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Mohsen Saleh, professor at the Lebanese University, to further discuss the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: It seems that the violence against the Muslims in Myanmar is not just limited to the western region of Rakhine but it is also spreading to other areas as well. Why has there been so much silence and no action so far regarding the attacks against the minority Muslims?
Saleh: Well first of all it shows that this systematic tragedy going on for about more than two years and the international body as you mentioned, the United Nations and its organizations did not do anything for the people in Myanmar.
I guess the Muslims have been exposed to all kinds of torture, cleansing, racial and religious cleansing without any kind of international intervention or at least meeting on the international level in the UN, in the Security Council or in the General Assembly in order to take a kind of decision to protect these people.
I guess all the people there, whether not only the Buddhists and I guess some other people, probably they are really desiring to see such kind of tragedy for the Muslims because this kind of Islamophobia extended to Myanmar and other places.
I guess the West when they go to other places in Africa and in the Atlantic and other places also as well, they try to protect any kind of [tribal] people in Africa or other places.
They do not move any kind of wall, militarily or even in terms of media. They do not do anything for these people, poor people and also minority in this region.
Press TV: Professor Saleh, if the violence is systematic then it is an obvious violation of a number of Rights Conventions that oppose racism and ethnic discrimination. What has to be done in your view to see the violence recede and rescind?
Saleh: Well of course the United Nations has a great duty in order to put an end to this and also the countries around Myanmar especially Bangladesh, Pakistan and India and other countries, they have also a kind of task to intervene in order to put an end for these people.
I guess it is probably about time for the United Nations especially when this United Nations has been created in order to take people and protect minorities and raise their voice to a kind of protection and take at least a kind of resolution in order to put an end and probably find a kind of forces to protect these people.
They only go to places to protect occupation and protect probably the French occupation of Mali and also the Israeli occupation of Palestine and they protect probably here and there. They go and invade places at a time when these people in Myanmar are exposed to all kinds of torture and burning of their religious mosques and sacred places and probably this kind of cleansing will go on and this will allow for other probably examples in the world.
Where is the United Nations and the what so-called the free people in the West and other places?