Myanmar Muslim civil society groups condemn Malaysia protests


Myanmar ethnic Rohingya Muslims react during a protest condemning Myanmar's government violence on Rohingya people in Rakhine State, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 04 December 2016. Photo: Fazry Ismail/EPA

A coalition of Muslim civil society groups in Myanmar has condemned protests led by Malaysia’s prime minister against Myanmar’s treatment of the stateless Rohingya minority group, which has been subject to a recent security crackdown in Rakhine state, RFA reported on 6 December.

The groups took Muslim-majority Malaysia’s ruling United Malays National Organsation (UMNO) party to task over a Dec. 4 rally in the capital Kuala Lumpur, expressing disapproval of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s participation in the protest for what they called political purposes, said the open letter dated Dec. 5.

The groups sent the letter to the Malaysian embassy and submitted a copy to Myanmar’s Ministry of Information and Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs.

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