Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid on Saturday called upon the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation member countries to act “right now” to ensure the rights of the Rohingya people.
The president urged the OIC while addressing a cultural program and state dinner in honour of the OIC foreign ministers who are attending the 45th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Bangladesh.
2017 Rohingya crisis product of state-sponsored persecution
President Hamid noted the Rohingya influx into Bangladesh as a formidable challenge and said: “The Rohingya Muslims, an ancient ethnic community in Myanmar and currently the largest group of stateless people in the world, have been at risk for decades. Around a million of them have flocked to Bangladesh to escape the persecution in Myanmar.
He called the latest episode of violence from August 2017 as a sharp escalation of long-running, state-led persecution and attacks on the Rohingya population.
President Hamid said: "What has been happening in Myanmar not only represents a clear violation of core international human rights treaties but also shows a burning example of ethnic cleansing."
Appreciating the efforts in promoting the just cause for Rohingyas, he said: "We appreciate your efforts in promoting the just cause for Rohingyas. Along the same lines, we commend OIC's continued role in remaining engaged for justice for Palestinians."
Moving towards solidarity
The president said that the OIC urgently needs to build solid economic structures for concrete solidarity in the development sector to realize the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Emphasizing on the need for strengthening the solidarity for peace and development, he said the OIC has gone through various experiences and efforts to consolidate and conceptualize the idea of solidarity since its inception over the years.
He noted that the motto of "Solidarity in Action" adopted in 2005 needs to be reinvigorated to bring peace and development in the Muslim world to deter conflict and Islamophobia.