Islamic summit will take Myanmar's Rohingyas issue to UN

By AFP
Published: August 16, 2012

Secretary General of Oraganisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeledin Ihsanoglu speaks to media during a press conference at the end of an extraordinary summit of OIC, held in Mecca, on August 15. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MECCA: The Islamic summit decided Thursday to take the issue of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingyas, displaced by deadly sectarian violence, to the United Nations.

At a meeting in the holy city of Mecca the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned “the continued recourse to violence by the Myanmar authorities against the members of this minority and their refusal to recognise their right to citizenship.”

“The summit has decided to bring this matter before the General Assembly of the United Nations,” it said in a final statement.

The OIC announced on Saturday before the summit that it had received a green light from Myanmar to assist displaced Rohingya.

It said Myanmar gave its agreement following talks in the capital Yangon on Friday between a delegation from the pan-Islamic body and President Thein Sein on the “deplorable humanitarian situation in Rakhine state.”

The delegation assured Thein Sein that Islamic humanitarian organisations were willing to provide aid to all residents of the strife-torn state.

Saudi King Abdullah decided Saturday to grant $50 million to the Rohingya, the country’s news agency SPA reported, describing them as victims of “several rights violations, including ethnic cleansing, murder, rape and forced displacement.”

Violence between Buddhists and Rohingya has left scores dead, with official figures indicating that 80 people from both sides died in initial fighting in June.

The entire state has been under emergency rule since early June with a heavy army and police presence.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • RizwanTKhan
    Aug 16, 2012 - 1:05PM

    When will you take this step? Once all Muslims are perished?

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  • neville johnston
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Dr Mahathir is a moderate Muslim and would be the ideal moderator between the OIC and Myanmar over the Rohingas – as Rohingas claim to be descendants of Arab Traders and Myanmar Ladies, I would propose in a Democratic fashion, PUT IT TO A VOTE AMONGST THE ROHINGAS:

    REMAIN AND ACCEPT MYANMAR CITIZENSHIP AND RENOUNCE ANY
    AFFILITIATIONS TO ANY MUSLIM JIHAD ORGANISATIONS.

    OIC TAKE THE LOT OR THOSE WANTING TO BE CITIZENS OF MUSLIM
    COUNTRIES.

    THIS SHOULD SATISFY THE OIC MEMBERS AND THE ROHINGAS RETURNING TO THE LAND OF THEIR FOREBEARS – YOU CANNOT HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT.

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST I WOULD APPRECIATE AN APOLOGY FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD FOR THEIR WANTON DESTRUCTION OF BUDDHIST PLACES OF HISTORICAL VALUE – WHICH INCIDENTALLY WERE THE FOREBEARS OF TODAYS CONVERTS TO ISLAM.

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