LETTER : We call on Muslim leaders and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to respond on the recent killing of a civilian in a mosque compound in Mandalay, Myanmar, by the military junta.
The incident shows again the brutality of the military goverment of Myanmar in facing pro-democratic protestors. Since the military coup early February, more than 700 civilians were killed. Now the shootings to crackdown on protestors have targeted even in mosques.
The situation has worsened with the military seems to has no qualms about going after the protesters at any location. The Myanmar military is unleashing its killing weapons on their own citizens with impunity.
A shoot to kill operation is now endangering all civilians either on the streets, homes or in religious compounds. Recently a Muslim in the mosque compound in Mandalay, while preparing for Iftar, was shot and killed. Few others were injured while six were detained.
We are very concern of the deteriorating situation in Myanmar. Killings by military troops in the compound of a mosque is a signal that the troops are rampaging without limits.
We call on the OIC to respond firmly on the situation in Myanmar. Sanctioning Myanmar should be considered by all Muslim member states of OIC. We call on the members including Malaysia to issue a statement of condemnation on the killing in the mosque compound.
The Myanmar military operation that kills protestors must now face the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR ). The commission must respond to the atrocities without delay.
We call the Malaysian government to initiate a meeting of the Asean leaders to address the situation in Myanmar. OIC must also call for the protection of religious sites and issue statements of condemnation in the killing of a civilian in the mosque.
MOHD AZMI ABDUL HAMID
Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations (MAPIM)
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