Protect Rights Of Rohingya Minority, OIC Tells Myanmar

Date:

About 75,000 people fled to Bangladesh during the ensuing military crackdown, which was beset by allegations of rape, torture and extrajudicial killings by security forces.

DHAKA (Reuters) — Myanmar must protect the rights of its Rohingya Muslim minority, the chief of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Thursday, urging the southeast Asian nation to join hands with Muslim-majority neighbors in tackling a refugee crisis.

A group known as Harakah Al-Yaqin attacked Myanmar border guard posts on October 9, killing nine policemen and igniting the biggest crisis yet to face Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s fledgling administration.

About 75,000 people fled to Bangladesh during the ensuing military crackdown, which was beset by allegations of rape, torture and extrajudicial killings by security forces.

Myanmar must protect the rights of its Rohingya Muslim minority, the chief of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said urging the southeast Asian nation to join hands with Muslim-majority neighbors in tackling a refugee crisis.

Suu Kyi’s government has denied most of the allegations and is refusing access to a UN panel of experts, saying its mission will aggravate the situation on the ground in the western state of Rakhine.

“Myanmar should sit with Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia to find a roadmap for the solution of the crisis,” said Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen of the OIC, which represents 57 states and acts as the collective voice of the Muslim world.

“We call on the Myanmar government to ensure human rights for the Rohingyas,” Othaimeen told reporters during a four-day visit to the Bangladeshi capital.

“Myanmar can’t deny the human rights of Rohingyas. We also call on the Myanmar government to ensure citizenship for the Rohingyas.”

Othaimeen is also expected to visit Rakhine Muslims in the Kutupalong camp and surrounding areas in the southern resort town of Cox’s Bazar on Friday,Bangladesh Foreign Ministry officials said.

Thousands of Rohingyas live in Bangladesh without being officially recognized as refugees, but police rarely file immigration charges against them. Still, their presence is a source of tension between the two countries.

Many in Myanmar see the Rohingyas as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, although about 1.1 million of them live in Rakhine state and say their roots go back generations.

theclarionindia
theclarionindiahttps://clarionindia.net
Clarion India - News, Views and Insights about Indian Muslims, Dalits, Minorities, Women and Other Marginalised and Dispossessed Communities.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Subscribe

spot_imgspot_img

Popular

More like this
Related

BJP, RSS Nervous Due to Bharat Jodo Yatra: Jairam Ramesh on Bhagwat’s Outreach to Muslims

AHMEDABAD -- Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Saturday claimed...

BJP Central Bosses Silent as Meghalaya Unit, NPP Head for Splitsville

The NPP's relation with the BJP is gradually souring...

‘Politically Motivated’, Bilkis Bano Case Convict to SC on Plea Challenging Release of Accused

NEW DELHI -- A convict in the Bilkis Bano case...

Missing Ankita Bhandari’s Body Found from Uttarakhand’s Canal, BJP Suspends Father, Brother of Accused

People are demanding death sentence for the accused, the...