TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council condemned the heinous crimes against Muslim people in Myanmar, and took a swipe at the ‘hypocritical’ advocates of human rights for remaining silent on the brutal massacre of Myanmarese Muslims.

In a message released on Thursday, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi said the daily news of massacre of Muslim people in Myanmar and the deafening silence of the self-proclaimed advocates of human rights and freedom of speech have “embarrassed humanity.”

He also described such muted response to the systematic persecution of Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar as another testimony that the “global arrogance’s hypocritical claim about defending human rights and freedom” is yet another ploy to interfere in the political and cultural affairs of the other countries in order to “ensure the security of the bloodthirsty and child-murdering regime of Israel.”

The top cleric finally called on the Islamic governments to join hands and make serious efforts to stop the inhumane crimes against the Muslim people of Myanmar.

The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have long faced severe discrimination and were the targets of violence in 2012 that killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people from their homes to camps for the internally displaced.

Nearly 150,000 Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in less than two weeks, officials said on Wednesday.

In a rare letter to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern that the violence in Rakhine could spiral into a “humanitarian catastrophe”.