Will the OIC be meaningful now? Rohingya Genocide
Will the OIC be meaningful now?
Leaders and representatives of Islamic countries at extraordinary session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the situation of the Rohingya Muslim Minority in Myanmar, was commenced in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 19, Jan 2017.
Malaysian PM Najib Raza called on the Government of Myanmar to cease all discriminatory actions and attacks against the Rohingya's immediately and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
Rohingyas are the largest minority of Burma, comprising of ethnically Bengali Muslims who migrated to this land after the British had conquered it, in 1886, as cheap labor, & settled in the Rakhine province.
From the beginning Rohingya have faced hatred & riots against them, riots have become increasingly systematic & massacre has been widespread.
Major uprisings against the Rohingya happened in 1930, 1938, 1997, 2001 and 2012, and are on-going. Widespread human rights violations have been witnessed against the Rohingiya, including murder, enslavement, forced imprisonment, torture and rape.
In their plight many times Rohingya families run to the ocean for respite in the hope that they may return to Bangladesh. But each time the Rohingyas are hurled into boats, these boats are deliberately escorted by official boats into deep seas and left on their own there. A large number of these boats, laden with hungry, wretched, people sink in the ocean; a few that manages to reach the shores of Bangladesh, are unwelcomed. The Rohingyas are either forced to return or to remain stranded in narrow shore areas by the Bangladesh authorities.
All this is happening to humans in the 21st century, under the watchful eyes of the UN & all its organizations.
Today, with the establishment of the Islamic Military Alliance, can the OIC make a real difference in the protection of an oppressed Muslim people?