World’s largest Muslim body condemns Myanmar for ‘systematic brutal acts’
against Rohingya minority and calls for UN probe into human rights abuses
From Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
World leaders and officials from 56 Muslim nations condemned Myanmar for brutal acts against the Rohingya Muslim
minority in Myanmar and urged Myanmar to accept UN monitors to carry out ‘a thorough and independent investigation of all
established violations of international human rights’.
The decision was made at an emergency meeting on the side-lines of the first Islamic-world Summit on Science and
Technology in Astana Kazakhstan which ended yesterday. In attendance were Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
Pakistani President, Mamoon Hussain and Bangladeshi President amongst world leaders from the Islamic world.
The summit was organised by the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation), the world’s largest Muslim body with 57-
The OIC also called for cooperation among Muslim countries aimed at dispatching humanitarian aid to the oppressed
Rohingya and attending to the condition of the refugees.
The OIC Secretary General, Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen Secretary said “the plight of the Rohingya weighs on the conscious
of not just on Muslim nations, but the entire world. I urge the European Union and United Nations agencies to take action to
alleviate the suffering of the Rohingya people of Myanmar.”
“I have addressed letters to Ms. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and
Security Policy (HR); HRH Mr Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), and Mr Filippo
Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), calling for decisive steps to end the ongoing crisis in Rakhine
The Secretary General reiterated that “the OIC joined the international community in calling for the recommendations of the
Rakhine State Commission to be implemented, but these are long-term goals and there is an urgent and immediate need
for lifesaving intervention.”
He added “The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance.”
“Since 2014, the OIC has warned that if the government of Myanmar continues to destroy homes, kill innocent civilians and
humiliate entire population without any recourse to justice this will create a breeding ground for recruitment by extremist
elements. Now the international community must act to prevent the genocide of the Rohingya.”
The United Nations says nearly 300,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh from the violence-wracked
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The OIC was founded in 1969 and is the second largest inter-governmental organisation in the world, with 57-member
states from across the Islamic world.
The organisation is “the collective voice of the Muslim world” and is composed of the following three organs:
• Islamic Summit: the supreme authority of the Organization, composed of Heads of State and which convenes every
• Council of Foreign Ministers: which meets annually for the implementation of general policy.
• General Secretariat: the OIC’s executive organ, entrusted with the implementation of the decisions taken by the
aforementioned two bodies.
Affiliated OIC organisations include:
• The Islamic Development Bank (IDB): set up by the OIC in 1973. IDB tripled its authorized capital to $150 billion in 2013
to better serve Muslims globally.
• Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) established in 1979.
• COMSTECH: The Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the OIC, which on September 2017,
convene a summit themed on advancing science and technology in the Muslim world, in Astana, Kazakhstan.
International engagement and affiliations:
• On 27 June 2007, the-United States President George W. Bush established an official US envoy to the OIC to “listen to
and learn from representatives from Muslim states, and share with them America's views and values."
• The OIC has permanent delegations to the United Nations and the European Union.