OIC to be held special meeting on Burma developments

Chittagong, Bangladesh: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) announced on November 4, about a special meeting of its Council of Foreign Ministers will be held in Djibouti from Nov 15-17 to review the recent developments in Myanmar, according to Al Arabiya news channel.
In a statement, OIC said that many of the Rohingya Muslim villages were under attack from Buddhist groups, which forced thousands of Muslims to flee, noting that the organization is working to mobilize efforts to discuss this issue at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

“It will not politicize humanitarian work, even though it continues its endeavors to have the Muslim Rohingya minority regain its legal and constitutional rights in the country,” the statement added.

“Deliberate and systematic violence against Rohingya Muslims is a form of ethnic cleansing that must be highly considered by the international community.”

“The organization’s efforts to restore the constitutional rights of the Rohingya would go through official diplomatic channels and not through the humanitarian office,” the statement said, adding that it is in no one’s interest to politicize humanitarian action.

The Secretary-General – Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu- sent letters to the President Sein, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and UN Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, founder and chair of Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD), according to officials of OIC.

The Rohingya Muslim villages in Rakhine were attacked in the last few days by the so-called Buddhist vigilantes from Rakhine State itself.

The organization of 56 member states of 57 countries, in its statement, expressed readiness to raise the issue of Rohingya’s case at United Nations Security Council, the statement said.

Referring to the deliberate violence against Rohingya Muslims and the efforts to do ethnic cleansing in the country, the statement suggested that the issue be seriously raised at international level.

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