In the Name of Allah the Compassionate, the Merciful.
Her Excellency Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka,
UN Undersecretary General And Executive Director,
United Nations Women.
The ongoing tragic plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has shaken the conscience of humanity. Images of massacres, burnt bodies and razed homes, the tragic optics broadcast worldwide of women and children living in and at the mercy of the elements and reports of repeated assaults against defenseless civilians, is reminiscent of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
As the Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Affairs I appeal to you in utmost sincerity that you take whatever measures within your powers to prevent this ongoing human catastrophe.
The UN Charter clearly stipulates the responsibility that lies in your hands to prevent conflict and to maintain peace and security. In this case which apparently includes–and not for the first time–both ethnic and religious cleansing, the UN has a clear global mandate to prevent this ongoing tragedy. The plight of Rohingya women and children is devastating and heartbreaking and requires immediate, sustained humanitarian intervention.
Excellency, allow me to humbly propose that in collaboration with other agencies you appoint a task force with significant powers of investigation into humanitarian crimes and redress of grievances to address this matter. I would be delighted to see rapid and meaningful action in this urgent matter from your good offices.
Vice President on Women and Family Affairs,
Islamic Republic of Iran.