OIC urges Myanmar to allow in UN investigators
The world’s largest Muslim organization has called on Myanmar to allow United Nations investigators into a violence-stricken state in the country where the military and Buddhist mobs are conducting “systematic brutality” against minority Muslims.
The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) made the call after an emergency meeting on the sidelines of a technology conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday.
Myanmar’s military stepped up a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims on August 25, after dozens of police and border outposts in the northern state of Rakhine allegedly came under attack by an armed group that is said to be defending the rights of the Rohingya.
The Rohingya, who had already been under a military siege in Rakhine since October 2016, are being brutally killed, raped, or forced to leave their homes as their villages are being set on fire.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday censured the Myanmarese government for the violence, and said the OIC had to convene to discuss the crisis.
Meanwhile, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) says it has prepared a first batch of a total of 160 tons of humanitarian aid cargo for shipment to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
IRCS Director Mostafa Mohammadiyoun said 40 tons of the cargo, including food, water, and medical supplies, would be delivered to the Rohingya on Wednesday.
The IRCS also voiced readiness to set up makeshift hospitals for the Muslim refugees in Bangladesh.(Agencies)