OIC Secretary General urges US president Obama to raise the Rohingya issue with Burmese officials and opposition leader

Chittagong, Bangladesh: The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) urged US President Barack Obama to raise the critical matter of the violence committed against civilian unarmed Rohingya Muslim minority during his visit to Burma on November 19, according to OIC website stated.
Ihsanoglu – the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – urged US president Barack Obama to raise the issue with the highest authorities of the Burma as well as the Leader of the Opposition to urge them to bring an immediate cessations to  the violence as a first step of maintaining the country’s path to restore calm, create a climate conducive to national conciliation and maintain its democratization, which should include the protection of human rights for all ethnic minority groups, according to a letter which was sent to US president on November 13.

The OIC Secretary General called the President’s attention to the critical situation of the Rohingya minorities in Burma who are facing continuous repression and violation of their human rights, which is an issue of serious concern for the international community and particularly for the Muslim World.

Ihsanoglu stated that the OIC is concerned that the scale of violence in Rakhine state is becoming dangerously close to a situation of ethnic cleansing. The reliable information OIC has received confirms that the Rohingya minority are being subjected to a systematic and large-scale campaign of terror, including mass killings, burning of complete villages, confiscation of lands and forced expulsion of thousands from their homes.

“The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, stated on July 27, 2012, “reliable reports point out to the systematic discrimination against the Rohingya minority and the participation of the security forces in the clashes”. The High Commissioner has on several occasions urged the government of Burma to allow Rohingya to regain their citizenship,” the OIC secretary general point out.

However, the Government has not responded to any of the international calls and has yet to acknowledge the Rohingya as an ethnic minority even though the UNGA has adopted Res.64/238 dated 26 March 2010 stating, “Rohingya are an ethnic minority in northern Rakhine State,” according to Ms.Navi Pillay.

The evidence provided by Human Rights Watch, in which satellite photos showed the coastal area – Kyaukpru township of Arakan state with almost all buildings that were standing in March 2012 have been erased from the face of the earth and complete quarters of Muslim inhabitants have been destroyed, the OIC secretary general further mentioned.

Amnesty International also presented a comprehensive report on the recent violence in Arakan State noting that government security forces took part in the crimes committed against the Rohingya minority.

The OIC Member States are deeply disturbed with the issue, which was duly reflected in the 4th Extraordinary Summit resolution in last August 2012. In implementation of the OIC Summit’s Resolution, Ihsanoglu had dispatched a high-level delegation to Burma on September 5, 2012. The delegation took first hand note of the Rohingya refugee situation living in dire need of immediate humanitarian assistance and signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the Burmses Government to establish an OIC office for humanitarian affairs for the benefit of all communities living in Arakan State. However, the office has not been established to this day due to the retraction of the Burmese Government from the agreement.

The OIC is concerned with the disastrous effect that these events could have on regional and international peace and security, added Ihsanoglu.

The 39th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting in Djibouti on 15-17 November 2012,also feature a special session on the latest developments in Burma, where many Rohingya Muslim villages in Arakhan region came under ethnic cleansing and attacks from Buddhists groups, forcing thousands to flee. This meeting is being held at a time the Secretary General is mobilizing international efforts through the United Nations to address the Rohingya issue and working towards a unified Islamic position at the Djibouti meeting of CFM.

The Secretary General pointed out to President Obama that the OIC has repeatedly urged the Myanmar government to take immediate measures to put an end to the consecutive waves of violence and create a climate conducive to a national reconciliation through addressing the underlying causes of the problem, such as exclusion of the Rohingya from the ongoing reform process.

“The Rohingya minority should not be sacrificed in order to accommodate the new regime in Burma,” stressed Ihsanoglu. “The Government of Burma has a moral and legal obligation to protect this oppressed minority, to restore their citizenship, to allow them return to their homes, and put an end to the hate campaign against them.”

“It is not a new problem to drive out the Rohingya from Burma, it is happening when strongman General Ne Win seized power from democratic government U Nu and they started to mobilize into a Burmanised Buddhist state, said Ronnie,  the Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) to the wire.

“It is disappointment to us with the Nobel Laureate and the National League for Democracy chairwoman, opposition leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with her dangerous comment on Rohingya.”

The interview of Mr. Ronnie to the wire:

[audio:http://kaladanpress.blog.com/files/2012/11/gwb-rohingya-final.mp3|titles=gwb rohingya final]

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