CAIRO, 17th November, 2016 (WAM) — The Muslim Council of Elders, headed by Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb, has strongly condemned violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

In a statement today, the council said that what is being recounted by the media of the killing of dozens of people and the destruction and burning of hundreds of homes are crimes against humanity, and are contradicting with the teachings of all heavenly religions, traditions, norms of humanity, international conventions and agreements that criminalise clearly these brutal crimes.

The Muslim Council of Elders called for urgent action to save the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and to recognise their rights to live in security and peace, away from persecution and discrimination policies.

Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, the council’s Secretary-General, said that the council is considering sending a peace convoy to Myanmar to alleviate the causes of what is happening and discover how to contribute to the peace making process there.