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Time for the OIC to act

  • Published at 08:08 pm May 5th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:17 pm May 6th, 2018
Time for the OIC to act

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation is uniquely positioned to put an end to the Rohingya crisis.

The Rohingya crisis is a global humanitarian concern, and therefore not just a problem for the Bangladesh government, which has provided shelter for the hundreds of thousands of refugees that have crossed the border over to Bangladesh.

Among all the international organizations that should be working towards a solution to the Rohingya crisis as the highest of priorities, no organization has a more immediate responsibility than the OIC.

This organization of 57 Muslim-majority countries, of which 52 are being represented at the 45th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Minister in Dhaka, calls itself “the collective voice of the Muslim world.”

It is time to raise this collective voice -- loud enough that the rest of the world has no choice but to listen.

Some 1.6 billion people live in OIC countries, giving the organization the clout in the global arena to lead the way in taking stern international action against Myanmar, and to provide shelter for the hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya.

OIC member states can discuss ways of taking in refugee communities and integrating them into their own countries, of providing political, humanitarian, and material support to refugee camps, and putting pressure on various UN agencies to do the right thing

The session of the OIC-CFM being held in Dhaka should not be turned into a wasted opportunity -- this is chance for the OIC fulfill its moral obligations, and come to the aid of the persecuted Rohingya.