Thursday, August 16, 2012

Islamic group to take Rohingya issue to the UN

Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:23 Mizzima News    

The Islamic summit meeting has decided to take the issue of Muslim Rohingyas in Burma to the United Nations, it said in a statement.

Turkey Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrives in Sittway, Rakhine State on Friday, August 10, 2012. The delegation was on a fact-finding mission for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Photo: Mizzima

The 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned “the continued recourse to violence by the Myanmar authorities against the members of this minority and their refusal to recognize their right to citizenship.”

“The summit has decided to bring this matter before the General Assembly of the United Nations,” it said in a final statement on Wednesday in Mecca.

The OIC announced on Saturday before the summit that it had received permission from Burma to provide aid to displaced Rohingyas. An estimated 60,000 Rohingyas are in refugee camps in western Burma after two months of community violence including the deaths of up to 90 people and the burning of more than 3,000 homes and businesses.

The pan-Islamic body said it assured Burmese President Thein Sein it would provide aid to all residents of the strife-torn state.

Saudi King Abdullah decided on Saturday to grant US$ 50 million to the Rohingya issue, SPA, the country's news agency, reported.

Rakhine State has been under emergency rule since early June with a heavy army and police presence.

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