UNSC must protect rights and lives of Rohingya Muslims: Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

Chittagong, Bangladesh: Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, appealed to the UN Security Council to intervene to protect rights and lives of Rohingya Muslims on April 14 at foreign ministers’ meeting of member countries in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi Gazette.

Ihsanoglu, Head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at foreign ministers’ meeting of member countries in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The violence against Muslims in Burma was unacceptable and should not continue, Ihsanoglu said at the emergency OIC Contact Group meeting on Rohingya Muslim minority. “Such violence is a clear indication of the government’s negative approach in dealing with ethnic and religious tensions that erupted last summer.”

“The OIC will ask the United Nations Human Rights Council to send fact-finding mission to investigate all human rights violations in Burma and called for international action to stop violence on ethnic Rohingya.”

Ihsanogle also suggested requesting OIC member states which are members in the Contact Group and which have diplomatic missions in Burma to use their good offices to put this issue forward, expressing readiness of the OIC to continue coordination and render necessary support to improve the conditions of Muslims in Burma until they regain all their legitimate rights.

“Despite our attempts to establish communication with the authorities in Burma by selecting a prominent figure from a neighboring country to visit Burma and open discussions with officials, the government was not responsive.”

The meeting brings together top diplomats of Turkey, Afghanistan, UAE, Brunei, Djibouti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Senegal and Saudi Arabia who will discuss violent attacks including torching, ambushes and deadly assaults in Arakan state.

“Attacks on Burmese Muslims are highly planned and coordinated and security forces do not stop the incidents,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu told a Saudi Arabia meeting of a Burma contact group comprised of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

“Attacks on ethnic Rohingya Muslims must stop immediately; violent acts targeting Burmese ethnic Rohingya Muslims were well planned, adding that the incidents risked wider instability in the region.”

“Burmese government must show that perpetrators of such kind of incidents cannot go unpunished. Hatred between Muslims and Buddhists must be averted,” the Foreign Minister said.

Davutoglu proposed a seven-point plan which included a fresh OIC initiative, a joint letter to Burmese government by presidents of OIC’s member countries that asks Burmese government for assurances for the return of Rohingya Muslims to their homes, and a visit by the OIC contact group to Arakan State.

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