Statement on Rohingya Persecution

Displacement and discrimination continue to affect Rohingya. Photo from 2013 by European Commission DG ECHO CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The World Methodist Council notes with alarm the “ethnic cleansing” of minority Muslims known as the Rohingya by security forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine province. It is estimated that at least 400 and possibly as many as 1,000 of the Rohingya ethnic minority have died since 25 August as a result of clashes and attacks on civilians including women and children.

We condemn the violence, persecution and human rights abuses of the Rohingya by Rakhine Buddhists and government personnel, and we appeal to State Counsellor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her government to stop the abuse and to ensure that the rights of minorities are protected. We call on the United Nations, Amnesty International and other international agencies to assist in halting the atrocities against Rohingya’s Muslims and to provide relief for those who fled the violence in the border district of Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh.

We call upon the World Methodist family and all persons of good will to pray for these people who have not been given the dignity of a home and citizenship, and we pray for an end to these abuses of human rights.

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (Amos 5:24, New Revised Standard Version)

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