OIC Looks for Worldwide Pressure on Rohingya Refugee Crisis


Islamic foreign ministers on Sunday propelled a crusade to activate universal help for action against Myanmar over the Rohingya refugee crisis, authorities said.

Foreign ministers and representatives of the 53-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) set up a crusade council amid two days of talks in Dhaka, Bangladesh. OIC secretary-general Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen called the push a step towards closure the crisis caused by the departure of around 7,00,000 Muslim Rohingya from Buddhist-majority Myanmar into camps in Bangladesh. Yousef said the new board would “prepare and arrange global political help for responsibility for human rights infringement against the Rohingya people.”

“This is vital. This is one of the solid steps that has been taken to mitigate the issue for our (Rohingya) brothers and sisters,” he said.

A military battle propelled in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in August a year ago set off the huge convergence of the Muslim minority into Bangladesh where they joined 3,00,000 refugees effectively living in smudged camps following past savagery. The United Nations and the United States have said the crackdown added up to ethnic purifying. The Myanmar armed force has said it just focused on aggressors. Rohingya regular people have recounted murders and assaults as they fled. They say the armed force burned many Rohingya towns to the ground. Yousef said Muslim countries needed to “pressure the universal community” as this is not religious and this is human basic privileges of our brothers and sisters over the last 50 years,” he said.

The International Criminal Court prosecutor has just required the council to lead on whether it can research the assertions of mass assault and killings.

Bangladesh has put immense political exertion into influencing Myanmar to reclaim the refugees safely. The two countries marked a repatriation deal in November, however, no one has since returned. The Rohingya have been oppressed for a considerable length of time in Myanmar, where they are viewed as illicit foreigners from Bangladesh and denied citizenship.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said the OIC meeting had encouraged “solid activity against the Myanmar government” on the Rohingya emergency.