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Muslim Judicial Council concerned as violence against Rohingya muslims continues

The MJC says as South Africans who've experienced apartheid, it won't stand by while such human rights violations occur in another country.

After fleeing violence in Myanmar in October 2016, Rohingya refugees live in overcrowded makeshift sites in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: UNHCR

CAPE TOWN - The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) says it is angry following ongoing reports of violence against the minority Rohingyan muslim population in Myanmar.

Bangladesh's prime minister has urged the country to take back hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Some 370,000 Rohingya people have crossed the border since last month and it's being reported as many as 3,000 people may have been killed.

The MJC will on Wednesday march through the streets of Cape Town in protest against the violence against the Rohingyan muslim minority in parts of Myanmar.

The MJC says as South Africans who've experienced apartheid, it won't stand by while such human rights violations occur in another country.

The council is demanding the South African government intervenes and takes a decisive stand against Myanmar by withdrawing diplomatic staff from the country.

It also wants the Myanmar embassy to be expelled from South Africa.