Malaysian Prime Minister Wants Myanmar to Stop Violence, Discrimination Against Rohingya

Malaysian Prime Minister Wants Myanmar to Stop Violence, Discrimination Against Rohingya”

He said the special meeting on Rohingya Muslims called by Malaysia was a positive step for all 57 member nations of OIC to express their concern on the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.

The resolution also called for the immediate involvement of the Muslim countries as well as the rest of the global community to intervene more proactively, including through humanitarian assistance, and pressurize the Government of Myanmar to initiate a process of reconciliation.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is set to visit Switzerland and Malaysia to discuss regional and global issues, ISNA reported on Tuesday.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on the sidelines of the meeting that Jakarta was "more than ready to play a bridging role" to help Myanmar and its Muslim minority.

Myanmar's treatment of the Rohingya was a "stain" on the 10-member the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), he added.

The extraordinary session of the foreign ministers is expected to adopt a final communiqué and a resolution on the situation of the Rohingya Muslims minority in Myanmar which will be presented for discussion during the CFM. ". [T] he bitter irony for the Rohingyas today is that hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants who identify as Rohingyas have lived in OIC member countries (most prominently in Saudi-Arabia and Bangladesh) for decades without ever enjoying much OIC support, with little Muslim solidarity and being rarely offered a track to apply for citizenship despite living there for generations".

Some analysts said Najib's calls at the OIC meeting were in line with the country's tradition of criticizing Myanmar on issues related to its Rohingya population. Countries generally expressed a consensus view that this crisis surrounding the Rakhine Muslims is not merely a humanitarian issue rather it deserves to be addressed within a human rights perspective. "For a start, the killing must stop", the Malaysian leader said.

He emphasised that "the plight of Rohingya Muslims" continues to pose a major challenge to the "conscience of the worldwide community" and the "Muslim Ummah" must mobilise its efforts to alleviate the crisis.

The Meeting also urged the Government of Myanmar to abide by its obligations under worldwide law, global humanitarian law and human rights covenants, and take all necessary measures to stop the violence and discrimination against the Rohingya Muslim Minority and continued attempts to deny their culture and identity.

The Rohingya make up around one million of Myanmar's 50 million population.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi thanked Bangladesh for facilitating her visit in Cox's Bazar to meet the Rohingya refugees and the new arrivals from Rakhine State of Myanmar and informed the meeting that she would be visiting Sittwe shortly.

He also had bilateral meetings with State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar Mr. Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi and Ahmet Yildiz, Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey.

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