OIC Conference and the Rohingya Refugee Problem

A conference of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) opened on March 22 at the Parliament in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. This year, the conference was held under the theme “Building Cooperation for Unity, Justice and Development”. The conference was very important to address some common issues in the Muslim world.

At the start of the conference, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed the OIC Foreign Ministers to the conference. “The OIC is the collective voice of 200 million Muslims around the world,” he said. It is a bridge between Muslim nations and the global community with the Muslim world. Foreign ministers from 46 countries in the 57-member bloc are attending the conference. Delegations from other countries are headed by senior foreign affairs officials from those countries. The conference discussed the challenges currently facing the Muslim world.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan delivered the conference’s inaugural address. He highlighted Pakistan’s role in the OIC. At the same time, the Pakistani Prime Minister spoke about the challenges facing the Muslim world. Mr. Qureshi also addressed the assembly.

It is pertinent to mention that the Rohingya refugee crisis is a crisis not only for Bangladesh-Myanmar but also for the entire Muslim world. Many crises are increasing day by day in the world.

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Masud bin Momen attended on behalf of Bangladesh. He said the lasting solution to the Rohingya problems lay in their repatriation. Bangladesh cannot bear the immense socio-economic and environmental costs of hosting millions of refugees indefinitely; therefore, these people should be repatriated to their place of origin in Rakhine State, he said during his speech at the open-ended meeting of the OIC Ad Hoc Ministerial Committee on responsibility for human rights violations against the Rohingya. The meeting was convened on the sidelines of the 48th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers.

Being a major crisis in the Muslim world, OIC members should be concerned about the Rohingya refugee crisis. There is no way for all members without supporting Bangladesh. The Muslim world must remember and consider that the Rohingyas are also one of the persecuted Muslim communities in the world like the Palestinians and the 6thers.

In his statement, Foreign Minister Momen reiterated the importance of Rohingya repatriation to avert a transnational socio-economic catastrophe due to millions of Rohingyas, especially thousands of minors and young people who have no hope for their future. While thanking The Gambia and the OIC and for the kind support given to the legal action, he called for maintaining the momentum to bring justice to the Rohingyas. He also called for strong solidarity from member states by voluntarily contributing to cover the legal costs of the case.

Turkey has pledged to contribute $200,000 to the fund. Members of the ad hoc committee commended Bangladesh for hosting such large numbers of refugees over the years and even integrating them into the Covid-19 vaccination programme. But Bangladesh faces challenges in coping with the issues. Member States must help Bangladesh resolve the Rohingya crisis.

Apparently, the OIC has contributed a lot, but there is still a long way to go. Lately, the Rohingya refugee crisis and repatriation doesn’t get much attention, as attention has shifted to other issues, such as the war in Ukraine. The OIC must ensure that the Rohingya crisis never loses the attention of international agencies. OIC Member States should help Bangladesh as much as possible. Don’t let Bangladesh bear the burden of the Rohingya alone.

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Hissein Brahim Taha, has pointed out that the case of the Rohingyas is one of the main priorities on the OIC agenda, a priority that the organization has been following since more than two decades. The OIC must commit to resolving the crisis as soon as possible. Unity on the issue among member states must be essential to compel Myanmar to take back the Rohingya.

Commenting on the outcome of the Ad Hoc Ministerial Committee on Myanmar’s responsibility for human rights abuses against the Rohingya, he said the committee meeting was held at a critical time in amid important developments related to the case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice.

As the Chinese Foreign Minister attended the conference, OIC Member States can seek China’s assistance to help solve the Rohingya refugee crisis, as China has warm relations with Myanmar.

He stressed that this case sends a strong message to the international community about the collective and coordinated work of the OIC to support the Rohingya people, as well as its firm commitment to global ideals and the principles of justice and responsibility for the people. human rights violations. The situation of the Rohingyas has not improved despite the efforts and appeals of the OIC and the international community, noted the Secretary General.

He pointed out that Myanmar continues to turn a blind eye to the horrific violations of Rohingya rights and has failed to fulfill its international obligations to create an enabling environment for the voluntary, safe, sustainable and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

Furthermore, the OIC Secretary General hailed The Gambia’s pivotal role, in its capacity as chairperson of the committee, in leading the organization’s efforts in the international arena to ensure that Myanmar is held accountable for the atrocities. committed against Rohingya Muslims. He also commended Bangladesh for hosting and hosting over one million Rohingya refugees.

Meanwhile, since Bangladesh took in the 1.2 million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, it is paying the price for its generosity. Despite numerous diplomatic efforts, the repatriation of the Rohingyas has dragged on for quite a long time. The OIC must engage with Bangladesh. And OIC members must try to coerce Myanmar to repatriate Rohingyas as they must have birthrights in their original birthplace. The intensification of the pressure as much as possible on Myanmar should be ensured by the OIC Member States. The solidarity of all members is essential to solve this common problem.

With the support of the OIC, OIC member Gambia has volunteered to file a lawsuit against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the alleged genocide of the Rohingya in November 2019. On 23 January 2020, the ICJ unanimously adopted a resolution on the protection of Rohingya refugees, the prevention of acts of genocide and killings. On the other hand, OIC countries started their fundraising campaign in December 2020 and could donate $1.2 million to Bangladesh. Overall, the support of the OIC in resolving the crisis has been commendable.

Apparently, the OIC has contributed a lot, but there is still a long way to go. Lately, the Rohingya refugee crisis and repatriation doesn’t get much attention, as attention has shifted to other issues, such as the war in Ukraine. The OIC must ensure that the Rohingya crisis never loses the attention of international agencies. OIC Member States should help Bangladesh as much as possible. Don’t let Bangladesh bear the burden of the Rohingya alone.

Bangladesh has always been an obedient member of the OIC and has responded promptly to any resolution. As promised, the OIC must show solidarity with Bangladesh to help solve the humanitarian crisis of the Muslim world.

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