OIC urges Myanmar to allow United Nations probe into Rohingya issue

Joy Montgomery
September 12, 2017

Azril said the Bangladesh government had, on Sept 8, taken a diplomatic initiative by proposing to Myanmar to create a "safe zone" inside its Rakhine state under the surveillance of the United Nations (UN).

Placing the resolution under the provision 147 (1) of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament, she said tens of thousands of Rohingyas have taken shelter inside Bangladesh crossing the border recently. Basic resources were scarce, including food, clean water and medical aid.

At the makeshift camp near Shamlapur, Rohingya refugees doubted a ceasefire would allow their return any time soon.

Suu Kyi, who became the country's civilian leader after her party won elections in 2015, has challenged suggestions the Rohingya are being mistreated. Some say they were attacked by Buddhist mobs. "To bring them under trial, the government of Bangladesh will have to file a case at global court", Riazul Hauqe, chief of Bangladeshi National Human Rights Commission, told Anadolu Agency.

"The killing, arson, torture and rape".

On Sunday, Amnesty International also reported two people fleeing violence in Rakhine had been injured by land mines.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, has come in for strong global criticism over the military crackdown on the Rohingya, which began when militants ambushed security forces on August 25.

The resolution was passed in the wake of fresh refugee inflow from Myanmar, triggered by what the United Nations calls ethnic cleansing being carried out by the Myanmar military in the Rakhine state following insurgent attacks on police posts and an army base on August 25.

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In response, the military intensified "clearance operations" against "terrorists", driving thousands of people from their homes. But there are fears that figure is underestimated, with other Rakhine villages also the target of alleged massacres.

The wave of hungry and traumatized refugees pouring into Bangladesh has strained aid agencies and local communities already helping hundreds of thousands displaced by previous waves of violence in Myanmar.

The meeting urges the government of Myanmar to eliminate the root causes, including the denial of citizenship based on the 1982 Citizenship Act which has led to statelessness and deprival of the rights of the Rohingyas, according to the OIC Chairman's summary report of the meeting made available to the media today.

The influx of Rohingyas to southeastern Bangladesh had steadily increased since the attacks on police and military posts by an insurgent group and Myanmar's subsequent military crackdown.

The Dalai Lama said he felt "very sad" about the suffering of Rohingya Muslims, and that those harassing them "should remember Buddha".

Even before the recent violence, "f$3 ood security indicators and child malnutrition rates in Maungdaw [Township] were already above emergency thresholds", said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Burma.

Herve Lemahieu, of Australian foreign policy think tank Lowy Institute, said that showed Modi, and Myanmar's State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi had an "alignment of world views".

While Burmese Buddhists in Myanmar also worship the Buddha, they follow a different religious tradition than Tibetans and do not recognize the Dalai Lama as their spiritual leader.

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