OIC Secretary General Calls for Ending Violence Against Rohingya Muslims

Kuala Lumpur, The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al Othaimeen said the organization is cooperating with Myanmar authorities on various levels, and called on them to follow just and transparent policies towards racial and religious minorities, adding that the authorities must enable Rohingya to restore their citizenship, stop discrimination, violence and the unexplained violations against them.

Al Othaimeen made the remarks during the extraordinary meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the situation of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, currently held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He added that the organization has repeatedly communicated their deep concern since the start of the security operation by the Myanmar government on Oct. 9 in the Rakhine State, which resulted in a violent campaign against Rohingya.

The OIC secretary general added that the organization received many reports from different sources about violence against the Rohingya Muslims, including unlawful killings, burning of homes, and many arrests by security forces.

More than 65,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh between Oct. 9 and Jan. 5 according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), in addition to thousands who were forced due to the violence to flee to countries that are part of the OIC, Malaysia and ASEAN included.

Al Othaimeen said that it is likely for the U.N. to report a humanitarian crises in Myanmar, hence it may not be considered as an internal conflict and should be handled as one of the human rights issued and dealt with attention of the public opinion and the global community.

Source: Qatar News Agency