The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has vowed to play a “stronger” role on the Rohingya crisis to try to bring the Burma military to book for ousting the Muslim minority from their homeland in Arakan state.
Top officials from the influential group have agreed to set up a Ministerial Committee on Accountability for Crimes against Humanity.
They took this stance during the 45th session of the OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers in Dhaka on 6 May.
At the inaugural session, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on May 5th, Saturday appealed to the Muslim countries under the OIC to firmly stand beside the forcibly deported Rohingyas to protect their dignity and security as there is no scope for the organisation to overlook this crisis.
The OIC Council has urged the UN Security Council to play a stronger role in resolving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.
Earlier a 53-member high-profile delegation of the OIC arrived in Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar around 11:30 am on May 4 Friday and talked to the refugees for about an hour hearing stories of their plight from the victims.
“We will play a strong role along with Bangladesh, United Nations and international community,” Hesham Youssef, assistant secretary general for OIC’s humanitarian affairs, said at a media briefing after the visit to Kutupalong Rohingya camp.