OIC expresses grave concern over systematic brutal acts against Rohingya Muslims

Astana: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has demanded the Myanmar government to allow the United Nations Human Rights Council’s fact finding mission to probe into alleged violations of global human rights laws and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The OIC members took this stance at a meeting held exclusively on the sidelines of the first OIC Summit on science and technology in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sunday.The OIC also censured Myanmar Government over ongoing persecution of Rohingya Muslims.

The meeting expressed grave concern over systematic brutal acts perpetrated by security forces forcing nearly three hundred thousands Muslims to flee to Bangladesh besides burning their houses and worship places.

The OIC asked the Myanmar government to eliminate root cause including the denial of citizenship based on the 1982

Citizenship Act which led to statelessness and deprival of rights to Rohingyas.

It urged Myanmar government to take urgent measures for sustainable return of Rohingya refugees and internally and externally displaced population.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has appealed for aid to deal with a humanitarian crisis in southern Bangladesh after the influx of nearly three hundred thousand Rohingya Muslims.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Robert Watkins said today that agencies urgently needed 77 million dollars to cope with an emergency.

The International Crisis Group said in a report that the strife in Rakhine is causing more than a humanitarian crisis.

Amnesty International has accused Myanmar’s military of planting land mines in the path of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Rakhine state. The human rights organizations said today that Myanmar has openly used anti-personnel land mines.

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