Rohingya Muslims: OIC calls for fact-finding mission to Myanmar

Published: August 6, 2012
Burmese security forces failed to protect Arakan and Rohingya, unleashed campaign of violence against Rohingya. PHOTO: REUTERS

Burmese security forces failed to protect Arakan and Rohingya, unleashed campaign of violence against Rohingya. PHOTO: REUTERS

JEDDAH: The head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday proposed sending an OIC mission to probe the “massacres” of Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, a statement said on Sunday.

The OIC will try to persuade the government in Yangon to accept an OIC fact-finding mission, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told an executive committee meeting of the world’s largest Muslim grouping which is based in the Saudi city of Jeddah.

He expressed disappointment over the failure of the international community to take action to stop the massacres, violations, oppression and ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the government of Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslims, the statement said.

“The OIC has directed its offices at the United Nations in New York to urge the Council to look into the suffering of the Rohingya minority,” he said.

Violence which erupted in June in Rakhine state between Buddhists and Rohingya left about 80 people dead from both sides, official figures showed.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said that figure appeared “grossly underestimated,” however, and accused security forces of opening fire on Muslims and committing rape.

Hundreds of Rohingya men and boys have been rounded up and remain incommunicado in the western region of the country formerly known as Burma, it said in a report.

Members of both the Muslim and Buddhist communities committed horrific acts of violence with reports of beheadings, stabbings, shootings and widespread arson in Rakhine, also known as Arakan state, the report added.

Myanmar’s government considers the estimated 800,000 Rohingya in the country to be foreigners, while many citizens see them as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh and view them with hostility.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2012.

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  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Aug 6, 2012 - 8:46AM

    OH I Ceeeee



  • soe htaik
    Aug 6, 2012 - 11:43AM

    Nowadays what happen inside in Myanmar who are knowing than Myanmar victim people?
    Every news and every announcement I saw on internet mostly are writing about of rohingya but inequality .Ok whatever they wrote and show any photos we don’t care actually we must understand what happen on there , we can thought freely.
    So any media outside from Myanmar please come and see with our situation and don’t believe looking fake photos and reading cheat news. I am Myanmar nation and I would like to invite whoever come and see with our current situation and …so that I cordially invite everybody come and see to Myanmar especially who are from Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and any other Muslim country. Who is accepting intruder?


  • Justice
    Aug 6, 2012 - 6:44PM

    Soe Htaik, you are really crazy. Do you think the master of all evils and generals in the military will allow International Media and Independent Investigations let alone media from Islamic countries? The regime will never allow to let them in because they themselves are involved in killing Muslim Rohingyas. Rohingyas, from all over the world, have been pleading to international community to send International media and to carry impartial and independent investigations. The Junta is not even allowing humanitarian assistances let alone investigations. Muslims are made to die by starvation as the Monks, who are not allowed by their religion to inflict pains even on insects, boycotted Muslims and are blocking NGOs from giving humanitarian aids to Muslim Rohingyas. It is, by now, crystal clear to the world community that Rohingyas have become the political scapegoats and target of Rakhine Buddhist extremists. You can keep screaming but you, people, cannot cover up the truth for a long time. Truth shall prevail and you people will have no place to hide. International community will see you peopl as cannibals and blood sucking vampires.


  • Simon Khan
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Bangladesh Zindabaad.

    Muslim Bengalis will rule you Buddhist in Burma your time will come.Recommend

  • saleem
    Aug 7, 2012 - 6:27PM

    goverments avoid media when they have smoething to hide. they are ashamed of what thay are doing. and what is the use of UN and UMMAH? everybody is just saving their job i guess!


  • Deb
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:11AM

    @Simon Khan

    It’s an internal issue of Myanmar. OIC or whatever ‘ICs have no business to poke it’s nose.


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