Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Indonesian speaker considers sending delegation to Burma

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:15 Mizzima News

Indonesian House of Representatives’ Speaker Marzuki Alie said on Tuesday that his country could send a delegation to Burma to look into alleged human rights violations against the Muslim Rohingya community in Arakan State.

“We are mulling sending a delegation, and I will talk with the House Commission I [overseeing foreign affairs] about the issue,” Marzuki said in an article by on Tuesday.

He said that Indonesia, as the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, had an obligation to fight for the Rohingya’s cause.

“As a Muslim community, we have to fight for them so that global institutions could intervene,” he said.

Marzuki Alie said on Monday said that his counterpart in Burma had expressed condemnation for Marzuki’s earlier use of the term “genocide” to describe the ethnic violence in targeting the Muslim minority group Rohingya.

“I have just received a letter of protest from Myanmar’s parliament speaker [Khin Aung Myint] for my remarks on [my] statement to [Indonesian media],” Marzuki said. “The letter was very long, but the bottom line is they don’t agree with the term

On July 24, Marzuki Alie said the UN must address what he called “genocide” against minority Muslim Rohingyas in Burma;s westernmost Rakhine State, according to a report by

In a written statement to, Alie said that Indonesia – the current chair of Asean – must be proactive in urging Burma to respect human rights and end ethnic tension following a series of clashes in recent months that have left Muslims and Buddhists dead, prompting many Rohingyas to flee.

“Such genocide and exile of the Rohingya Muslims resulting in their lack of nationality is the inhumane behavior of the state,” he said.

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